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  • image SM Adam volume 28/49

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SM Adam volume 28/49


[2] Finished drawing showing a plan for the building, c1765-68, unexecuted


Plan of a building, with projecting three-bay wings containing blind windows, flanking a colonnaded concave centre, with a screened entrance, beyond which is a rectangular hall and rotunda with four apses each containing three niches, and the rotunda is flanked by U-shaped staircases, and beyond there is a large rectangular room to the left with screened apses on all four sides, and to the right is a rectangular room containing seating, with an apsidal end, and a further square room to one side, and a small apsidal rectangular room to the other


bar scale of 3/4 inch to 10 feet


Plan of the Ball and Concert Rooms at Bath (in the hand of William Adam) (verso) 5 / Number 8 (in red pen) / Concert & Assembly Rooms for Bath

Signed and dated

  • 1765-68
    date range: 1765-68 (see scheme notes)

Medium and dimensions

Pen and wash within a double ruled border on laid paper (879 x 637)


Adam office hand, with title inscription in the hand of William Adam. For the finished drawings made for the Adam brothers’ unexecuted Bath Assembly Rooms scheme, it is difficult to assign a specific draughtsman’s hand as the date is not exact; they are drawn in the Adam office in-house style, and the author could be any one of around seven or eight draughtsmen including Robert Nasmith, Giuseppe Sacco, William Hamilton, J.P. Laurent or Joseph Bonomi.


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 3
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 53
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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