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image SM Adam volume 51/27

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SM Adam volume 51/27


[8] Design for a bridge, 1775, unexecuted


Perspective of a bridge set within a landscape, composed of a single, rusticated semicircular arch, ornamented with voussoirs, surmounted by an attic with a central tablet surmounted by a pencil-drawn sculpted wolf or dog, and flanked by banks of earth, surmounted by wooden fencing


bar scale of 1/4 inch to 1 foot


Elevation of a Bridge For The Right Honble Lord Frederick Campbell at Coombank in Kent

Signed and dated

  • August 1775
    Adelphi Augst 15t 1775

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil within a single ruled border on laid paper (375 x 404)


Unknown eighteenth-century draughtsman


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 7
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 216
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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