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SM Adam volume 42/17


[4] Design for a school and almshouses, 1780, unexecuted


Longitudinal section of a three-storey block with a pitched roof, and this is flanked by two-storey blocks with hipped roofs. The central block contains a room at each level, and the flanking blocks are divided into six rooms across two storeys


bar scale of 1 1/2 inches to 10 feet


Section through the Alms houses and School to be built at Humberstone in Lincolnshire-

Signed and dated

  • May 1780
    Adelphi / 10.t May 1780

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (520 x 325)


Office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi or Robert Morison


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 18
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 56
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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