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  • image SM Adam volume 41/66

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SM Adam volume 41/66


[4] Finished drawing for Mistley Church, c1776, as executed


Elevation of a two-storey, two-bay building, with a central, stepped entrance surmounted by a fanlight, and with a projecting Tuscan portico in the central bay. This is surmounted by a clock, flanked by festoons and statuary, with a pediment above. This is surmounted by a domed belvedere, articulated by Ionic columns and with a stepped, ribbed dome supporting a weather vane. The central bay is flanked by half-bays containing semi-circular headed windows. Beyond this there are Tuscan porticoes supporting statuary


to a scale


End view of Mistley Church (in the hand of William Adam)

Signed and dated

  • c1776

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash on laid paper (388 x 274)


Office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi, with title inscription in the hand of William Adam


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index, p. 23



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