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SM Adam volume 28/47


[6] Finished drawing showing an axial section though the building, c1765-68, unexecuted


Central axial section through the building as shown in the plan (Adam volume 28/49), with a convex colonnade of fluted Corinthian columns on the left-hand side, behind which are pedimented doors alternating with sculpture-filled niches, and inside is a hall with a coved ceiling, surmounted by a room on the first storey containing a screen of Ionic columns, and beyond these rooms, on the right-hand side of the section, is the two-storey rotunda, with a domed ceiling ornamented with octagonal coffering, above an entablature ornamented with dentils, ox skulls and swags, and with a central door, flanked by engaged Corinthian columns supporting a pediment, and surmounted by a rectangular relief overdoor panel, and the door is flanked by rectangular sculpture-filled recesses, which are above rectangular panels containing swags, and beyond are apses with coffered semi-domes, and containing urn-filled niches, and beyond the rotunda on the far right-hand side of the section is a single-storey, single-bay room containing a door, surmounted by an overdoor panel ornamented with a naturalistic anthemion


to a scale


Section through the Ball & Concert Rooms at Bath (in the hand of William Adam)

Signed and dated

  • 1765-68
    date range: c1765-68 (see scheme notes)

Medium and dimensions

Pen, wash and yellow wash within a double ruled border on laid paper (1251 x 558)


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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