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SM Adam volume 28/45


[3] Finished drawing showing an elevation of the principal front for the building. C1765-68, unexecuted


Elevation of the principal front of a two-storey building, with a central eleven-bay concave colonnade of fluted Corinthian columns, behind which is a central arched entrance, screened by two Ionic columns, and surmounted by a thermal window, and flanked by four pedimented doors, alternating with sculpture-filled niches, above which are relief panels and square windows, and this central colonnade is flanked by three-bay pedimented projecting wings, with rectangular sculpture-filled recesses on the ground storey, supported by consoled, articulated engaged Ionic columns, and surmounted by segmental pediments, above which is a rectangular relief panel, and three square windows, and beyond these wings are single-storey, single-bay domed bows, projecting from the sides of the building


to a scale


Design for a Ball and Court Room at Bath (in the hand of William Adam)

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 (1759 x 572)


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
Rowan, 2003, p. 27
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



Exhibition history

'Bob the Roman': Heroic Antiquity and the Architecture of Robert Adam, Sir John Soane's Museum, London, 27 June - 27 September 2003; New York School of Interior Design Gallery, 29 September - 4 December 2004

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