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  • image SM Adam volume 36/24

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SM Adam volume 36/24


[1] Design for the first scheme for the building, 1766, unexecuted


Plan of the principal (first) storey of a seven- by five-bay building, with the central three and end bays projecting on the principal front, and the central three bays articulated by a portico of engaged columns, and the end bays with tripartite windows, and the building containing courts, a jury room, and symmetrical staircases


bar scale of 2 inches to 10 feet


Plan of a Townhall & County Court for Appleby in Westmorland 3d Design (in the hand of William Adam and underwritten in pencil) / Insolvents Bed room / Insolvents Bed room / Grand Jury Room / Closet / Staircase / County Court / Judges seat / Table / Seats for Council / Seats for Council / seats / for / Gentlemen / Prisoners & Witnesses / Seats / for the / Jury / For Crown / Officers / Water Closet / Water Closet / Staircase / Town hall & Court and measurements given (verso) No 2 / These Plans go 4th with the Book / Ground Plan

Signed and dated

  • datable to 1766

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (613 x 507)


Adam office hand, possibly William Hamilton, with title inscription in the hand of William Adam


XD&CB within a cartouche


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 31
Harris, 1971, p. 4
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 53
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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