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image SM Adam volume 38/4

Reference number

SM Adam volume 38/4

Purpose

[4] Design for the composition of the bridge and shops above, 1770

Aspect

Section of a bridge composed of three equal segmental arches, supported by stepped starlings. In the spandrels of the arches are six cellar rooms lit by oculi and rectangular windows, and each with a soil pipe to the river. Above at street level there is a two-storey terrace of eleven shops, each containing a staircase to an attic room. The end shops are domed, and the fifth, sixth and seventh shops are surmounted by pediments

Scale

bar scale of 2 1/2 inches to 10 feet

Inscribed

Section of the Bridge & Shops over Do. At Bath / for Sir William Pulteney Bart (in the hand of William Adam) / for Wm Pulteney Esqr (in pencil) / Soil pipe / Soil pipe / Soil pipe and some measurements given (verso) 3

Signed and dated

datable to 1770

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (1007 x 424)

Hand

Adam office hand, possibly William Hamilton or Joseph Bonom, with addition to title inscription in the hand of William Adam

Watermark

JWHATMAN

Literature

Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 3
Manco, 1995, p. 135
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.

Level

Drawing

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