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SM Adam volume 51/29


[4] Record drawing for a bridge, 1782, unexecuted


Elevation of a bridge with three segmental arches supported by compound 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 supporting circular pediments ornamented with a figurative band, and a gadrooned urn. The abutments are surmounted by iron fencing and terminate in circular pedestals supporting lamps


bar scale of 2 inches to 10 feet


Bridge for General Plaistow (in the hand of William Adam and underwritten in pencil) (verso) Number 17 / Gener Plaistow

Signed and dated

  • 1782
    Adelphi 1782

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil within a double ruled border on laid paper (623 x 406)


Adam office hand, possibly Robert Adam or Robert Morison, with title inscription in the hand of William Adam (and underwritten in pencil)


XDC&B within cartouche


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



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