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SM Adam volume 41/71


[9] Design for an altar for Mistley Church, 1776


Above- Elevation of an altar, with fluted Doric stiles, ornamented with winged putti masks. The altar is ornamented with an alpha and omega symbol, combined with a cross and set within a triangle. This is enclosed within a roundel, embellished with flora and semi-circular bands of calyx. This is flanked by panels ornamented with arabesques, anthemia and rosettes Below- Plan of an altar, flanked by engaged columns


bar scale of 1 3/4 inches to 1 foot (below - bar scale of 3/4 inch to 1 foot, crossed through)


Altar for Mistley Church (in the hand of William Adam)

Signed and dated

  • September 1776
    Adelphi Sep.r 24.t 1776

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash on laid paper (356 x 374)


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




GR surmounted by a fleur-de-lis within a crowned cartouche


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



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