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SM Adam volume 51/3


[5] Finished drawing for a bridge, c1782, unexecuted


Elevation of a bridge with a central segmental arch flanked by pairs of semi-circular-headed arches. The stepped piers are ornamented with urns raised on pedestals and set within Doric aedicula with friezes of fluting. The spandrels are ornamented with rosette roundels and there is a continuous band of Vitruvian above. The piers are surmounted by pediments containing ornamental tablets embellished with bands of scrolled hearts. The bridge has a turned, stone balustrade with a central pediment ornamented with a peltoid shield and festoon, which are flanked by an urn and dagger


to a scale


Bridge for The Right Honble Viscount Townsend (in the hand of William Adam)

Signed and dated

  • c1782

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil, wash and sepia wash on laid paper (1446 x 503)


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


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 26
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 182
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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