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SM Adam volume 51/10


[68] Finished drawing for a classical bridge, c1763-65, executed with alterations


Elevation of a bridge of three segmental arches, the central arch being the widest, resting on four piers containing circular pedestals supporting caryatids supporting pedestals that carry lamps over the parapet. The bridge is ornamented with enclosed rosettes, festoons, a central relief panel of arabesques, a parapet of ironwork, and the abutments are terminated by sphinxes on pedestals


bar scale of 3/10 inch to 1 foot


Sion Bridge (in the hand of William Adam) and some measurements given (in pencil) (verso) Sion / Bridge & Garden / 1 / Sion Bridge

Signed and dated

  • 1763-65
    datable to c1763-65

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash on laid paper (975 x 446)


Adma office hand, possibly George Richardson, with title inscription in the hand of William Adam




Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 28
Beard, 1978, p. 44
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 225
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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