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  • image SM Adam volume 38/7

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SM Adam volume 38/7


[2] Design giving a plan for the New Town, 1777


Plan of the New Town to the east of the river, being divided into uneven hexagonal blocks, and oval or octagonal courts or piazzas by a grid of roads


bar scales of 3/8 inch to 100 feet and 1 1/2 inches to 200 feet


Plan for the New Town at Bath for William Pulteney Esqr (in the hand of William Adam and underwritten in pencil) / River Avon / Prison / Grand Parade / South Parade / An exact copy of / this deliver’d to / Mr. Pulteney and some measurements given in pencil (verso) Mr. Pulteney / Plans & fronts for the new town of bath

Signed and dated

  • 20/06/1777
    Adelphi / June 20t. 1777

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and coloured washes of sepia, pink and cerulean blue on laid paper (539 x 370)


Adam office hand, possibly Robert Adam or Joseph Bonomi, with title inscription in the hand of William Adam




Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 3
King, 2001, Volume 2, p. 76
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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