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SM Adam volume 51/4


[2] Design for a bridge, 1773, unexecuted


Plan and elevation of a bridge of three segmental arches, resting on pyramid-topped piers containing urn-filled niches, and ornamented with a Doric frieze, swags in the parapet of each pier, and a parapet of balustrading across the arches. The abutments are terminated by a lamp on a pedestal. Half of the plan shows the roadway, and the other half shows the starlings, and with pencil annotations


1/5 inch to 1 foot


Design of a Bridge For The Right Honble The Earl of Harborough at Stapleford in Leicestershire / Plan of the Carriage way / Plan of the Foundations and some dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 1773
    datable to 1773

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (808 x 503)


Adam office hand, possibly William Hamilton or Joseph Bonomi




Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 29
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 225
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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