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SM Adam volume 41/69


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


Section of a two-storey building, flanked by Tuscan porticoes, surmounted by acroteria supporting statuary. There is a central altar ornamented with a roundel and strigilation, and this is surmounted by a tablet inscribed with the Ten Commandments, flanked by Corinthian columns. This is set within a relieving arch containing a lunette and flanked by Ionic pilasters, with Ionic screens and balconies beyond. Above all this there is a domed ceiling containing a conical oculus, and ornamented with paterae enclosed within wreaths, set within octagonal compartments, separated by arabesques. All this is surmounted by pediments supporting acroteria, and a domed belvedere articulated by Ionic columns, and supporting a weather vane


to a scale


Section through Mistley Church (in the hand of William Adam)

Signed and dated

  • c1776

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil, wash and pink and Naples yellow washes on laid paper (417 x 277)


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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