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image SM Adam volume 51/5

Reference number

SM Adam volume 51/5

Purpose

[118] Finished drawing for a bridge, 1768

Aspect

Plan and elevation of a bridge, composed of a single segmental arch, ornamented with a band of fluting, blank spandrels, a Doric frieze of triglyphs, enclosed rosettes, and ox skulls, surmounted by a balustrade, with a central tablet of festoons, supporting a sculpted reclining figure, and the bridge is supported by two piers containing urn-filled niches, and surmounted by an urn and a sphinx, and with abutments terminating with pedestals supporting obelisks. The plan shows the bridge at road level, and running through the level of the niches in the piers

Scale

bar scale of 1/4 inch to 1 foot

Inscribed

Mr Childs (in pen in the hand of William Adam and underwritten in pencil)

Signed and dated

datable to 1768

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash within a single ruled border on laid paper (957 x 631)

Hand

Adam office hand, possibly William Hamilton

Verso

3 / 3 / 3

Watermark

PVL

Literature

Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 25
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 224
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.

Level

Drawing

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