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SM Adam volume 38/1


[9] Finished drawing for a crescent on the riverfront, c1773-82


View of two crescent-shaped terraces facing the river, supported by an arcaded undercroft. Each of the two terraces is composed of a three-and-a-half-storey, twenty-bay building, with the five bays at each end projecting and articulated by giant engaged Corinthian columns; containing a central three-bay bow which is surmounted by a balustrade. Between the two terraces there is a distant view of a third V-shaped block making use of a similar ornamental composition




Perspective View of a Crescent at Bath (in the hand of William Adam and underwritten in pencil) (verso) 1 / Number 1 (in red pen) / Perspective View of Crescent

Signed and dated

  • 1773-82
    date range: 1773-82

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil, wash and coloured washes including sepia and cerulean blue on laid paper (1337 x 502)


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


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 3
King, 2001, Volume 2, p. 76
Rowan, 2007, p. 68
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



Exhibition history

Vaulting Ambition: The Adam Brothers, Contractors to the Metropolis in the Reign of George III, Sir John Soane's Museum, London, 14 September 2007 - 12 January 2008; The Wilson Art Gallery and Museum, Cheltenham, 19 April - 24 May 2008; Talbot Rice Gallery, Edinburgh, 24 October - 13 December 2008

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