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SM Adam volume 51/38


[3] Preliminary design for a bridge, 1782, unexecuted


Elevation of a bridge of three segmental arches supported by piers with friezes of festoons, and ornamented with enclosed rosettes in the spandrels. The largest central arch is balustraded, and flanked by piers supporting small circular domed lodges. The outer arches are surmounted by wedge-shaped walls, and terminate in piers alternately supporting a sphinx and an urn. The abutments are composed of iron fencing and terminate in circular pedestals ornamented with a figurative frieze, and surmounted by an urn. This pedestal is overdrawn on the left-hand side to show a lamp


bar scale of 2 inches to 10 feet


Unknown (in the hand of William Adam) (verso) Unknown

Signed and dated

  • 1782
    datable to 1782

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (593 x 493)


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




King, 2001, Volume II, p. 227
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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