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SM Adam volume 51/34


[34] Design for a bridge, as executed


Above- Elevation of a segmentally-arched bridge, with a volute key stone, rosettes ornamenting the spandrels, and a band of dentils above. This is surmounted by a balustrade, terminating in pedestals ornamented with rosettes and festoons Below- Plan of a bridge, with curved walls widening the road at either end


bar scale of 2 1/2 inches to 10 feet


Design of a Bridge for Mistley (and in the hand of William Adam, underwritten in pencil) For The Right Honble Richard Rigby / N:B the plinth to return 14ft under the arch / Level of Water and some dimensions given

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (557 x 438)


Office hand, with part title inscription in the hand of William Adam


number Twenty / Right Honble Richard Rigby


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index, p. 22
King, 2001, Volume I, p. 346, pl. 493
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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