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image SM Adam volume 51/13

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SM Adam volume 51/13


[8] Design for a bridge, 1758-70, unexecuted


Elevation of a bridge, composed of three rusticated, semicircular arches, with lion masks in the spandrels, and surmounted by a balustrade, and supported by four piers containing sculpture-filled niches, and ornamented with festoons, and rectangular rinceau panels, and surmounted by sculptures: the outer piers having sphinxes, and the inner piers having reclining figures of Bacchus with cornucopia, and with abutments terminating in pedestals supporting urns, and with pencil annotations showing part of a landscape


to a scale


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

Signed and dated

Date range: 1758-70

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash on laid paper (1094 x 495)


Adam office hand, possibly William Hamilton, title inscription in the hand of William Adam


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 13
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 218
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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