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SM Adam volume 40/42


[42] Design for a bridge, 1764, executed


Elevation of a tripartite bridge with segmental arches supported by four piers containing sculpture-filled semicircular-headed niches and small grisaille panels, and the arches ornamented with roundels, rustication, and a balustraded parapet, and with a curved wall to the abutment


bar scale of 1 7/10 inches to 10 feet


Design of a Bridge for the Right Honble Lord Scarsdale proposed to be Built over a Fall of Water fronting His Lordships House at Kidleston Derbyshire (underwritten in pencil) / 50 (in pencil in a modern curatorial hand) (verso) This to be placed Fourteenth / Kedleston (cropped)

Signed and dated

  • 1764

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (1155 x 397)


Adam office hand, possibly Robert Nasmith




Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 19
King, 2001, Volume I, p. 338
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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