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  • image SM Adam volume 41/72

Reference number

SM Adam volume 41/72


[1] Design for Mistley Church and preliminary design for a ceiling, c1776, part-executed


Above – Preliminary plan of a rectangular ceiling, with apses set behind columnar screens on the long sides. There is a central dome, flanked by compartments containing ornamental panels. To the right-hand side, the plan of the square ceiling of the adjoining tower Below – Plan of a three-by-two-bay building as SM Adam volume 41/64, omitting the plans for the pews and pulpit. Within the adjoining right-hand tower there is a plan of the altar. Preliminary plans of the ceilings are shown


bar scale of 1 3/4 inches to 10 feet


Plan of Mistley Church (in the hand of William Adam)

Signed and dated

  • c1776

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash within a double ruled border on laid paper (475 x 612)


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


9 / 9 / number nineteen (brown ink) / [_ _ _ _ _ ] (cropped) Church




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



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