- Robert and James Adam office drawings
Robert Adam was later commissioned to build another bridge to carry the approach from his new gatehouse across the river Thames. The bridge was executed with alterations from Adam volume 51/10, which is also illustrated in two engravings in volume I of The works in architecture of Robert and James Adam.
Adam volume 51/11 shows Adam's unexecuted scheme for a ruinous bridge. This is an interesting conceit of a bridge desgined to appear as if it were falling down with age.
Sir John Soane's collection includes some 30,000 architectural, design and topographical drawings which is a very important resource for scholars worldwide. His was the first architect’s collection to attempt to preserve the best in design for the architectural profession in the future, and it did so by assembling as exemplars surviving drawings by great Renaissance masters and by the leading architects in Britain in the 17th and 18th centuries and his near contemporaries such as Sir William Chambers, Robert Adam and George Dance the Younger. These drawings sit side by side with 9,000 drawings in Soane’s own hand or those of the pupils in his office, covering his early work as a student, his time in Italy and the drawings produced in the course of his architectural practice from 1780 until the 1830s.
Browse (via the vertical menu to the left) and search results for Drawings include a mixture of Concise catalogue records – drawn from an outline list of the collection – and fuller records where drawings have been catalogued in more detail (an ongoing process).
Contents of Preliminary design and finished drawing for a classical bridge, and preliminary design for a ruinous bridge, c1763-65, drawing 68 as executed with alterations (3)
-  Preliminary design for a classical bridge, c1763-65, unexecuted
-  Finished drawing for a classical bridge, c1763-65, executed with alterations
-  Preliminary design for a ruinous bridge, c1763-65, unexecuted