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SM Adam volume 51/31


[30] Alternative design for a bridge, c1761-68, unexecuted


Unfinished elevation of a bridge set within a landscape of three segmental arches, the central arch being the widest, supporting four piers. The central arch is surmounted by a sculpted centaur, and the outer arches are surmounted by griffon relief panels. There is a parapet of balustrading. The abutments are ornamented with a band of fret


bar scale of 3/10 inch to 1 foot


Design of a Bridge for The Right Honble The Earl of Shelburne proposed to be built over a Branch of the Great piece of Water at Bowood in Wiltshire and some measurements given

Signed and dated

  • 1761-1768
    date range: 1761-68

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil, wash and coloured washes including sepia within a single ruled border on laid paper (1166 x 446)


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


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 4
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 215
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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