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SM Adam volume 51/35


[19] Design for a bridge, c1770-73, as executed


Elevation of a crenellated bridge, composed of three segmental arches; with enclosed shields in the spandrels; and supported by single-bay round towers with pyramidal starlings; and the central arch is surmounted by a sculpted lion; and the abutments have wooden fencing for balustrades and terminate in lamps on pedestals. There is a rough pencil-drawn detail in the bottom right-hand corner of the sheet


bar scale of ¼ inch to 1 foot


Design of a Bridge proposed to be Built at Alnwick. One of the Seats of His Grace the Duke of Northumberland (verso) 1 / Bridge at Alnwick [cropped]

Signed and dated

  • 1770-73
    date range: 1770-73

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (1461 x 501)


Robert Adam


XD&CB within cartouche (twice) and D&CBLAUW


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 1
King, 2001, Volume I, p. 357
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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