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SM Adam volume 1/198


[14] Design for a bridge, 1759-61, unexecuted


Elevation of a three-arch ridge over a cascade, set within a landscape. The central arch, through which the river runs, is the highest and widest, but all three are semicircular-headed, and with a fluted keystone, and the two side arches have ornamental panels. The bridge rests on four piers. The two central piers are pyramidal, and the two outer piers are surmounted by lamps. The bridge has unornamented abutments terminating in small round pedestals, and there is an inscription with the name of the bridge across the central arch, surmounted by a sphinx on a pedestal


not to scale



Signed and dated

  • 1759-1761
    date range: 1759-61

Medium and dimensions

Pen on laid paper (418 x 247)


Robert Adam


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 19
Harris, 1987, p. 78
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 219
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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