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image SM Adam volume 51/18

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SM Adam volume 51/18


[16] Finished drawing for variant designs for Pinford Bridge, 1767, unexecuted


Elevation of a tripartite bridge set within a landscape, with three segmental arches, ornamented with enclosed rosettes in the spandrels and a balustraded parapet, supported by four pyramid-topped piers containing semicircular-headed, urn-filled niches, and with curved abutments terminating in miniature pyramid-topped piers


bar scale of 1/8 inch to 1 foot


Design of a Bridge for the Right Honble Lord Digby at Sherborne Castle in Dorsetshire / The Centre Arch is 32 feet wide, rises 10 feet / The two side Arches is 24 feet wide, rises 8 ft - 6 in

Signed and dated

  • 1767
    datable to 1767

Medium and dimensions

Pen and coloured washes including olive green, sepia and grey within a single ruled border on laid paper (645 x 434)


Robert Adam




Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 28
Smith, 1995, pp. 15, 17
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 204
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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