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image SM Adam volume 51/21

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SM Adam volume 51/21


[16] Finished drawing for a bridge, c1763-64, executed with minor alterations


Plan and elevation of a bridge set within a landscape, with a large central segmental arch flanked by smaller segmental arches, surmounted by a balustrade, and supported by four piers. with pyramid-topped starlings, surmounted by roundels, and above each pier on the balustrade is a quatrefoil-shaped opening, and with curved abutments terminating in pedestals


bar scale of 1/10 inch to 1 foot


Design of a Bridge for Sir John Griffin Griffin at Audley End in Essex (in the hand of William Adam) / Plan of the Bridge and some measurements given in pen and pencil (verso) Number Ten (in red pen) / Sir John Griffin Griffin / (and in pencil in the hand of Arthur Bolton) Note / Carried out modified / no cornice, Balusters, Paterae / Graceful lines / A.T.B.

Signed and dated

datable to c1763-64

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil wash and pink wash on laid paper (643 x 485)


Adam office hand, possibly George Richardson, with title inscription in the hand of William Adam, and annotations in the hand of Arthur Bolton


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 2
Harris, 2007, p. 181
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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