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SM Adam volume 9/84


[15] Design for a bridge, 1759-61, unexecuted


Elevation of a bridge across a cascade set within a landscape, with a single segmental arch, fluted, and with an inscription panel, resting on two piers with sculpture-filled semicircular-headed niches, and surmounted by seated female sculptures, with a parapet of balustrading with lanterns, and balustraded abutments terminating in pedestals supporting fluted columns surmounted by lanterns, and with pencil annotations


bar scale of 1/2 inch to 10 feet


Sketch of a Bridge for Sir Nath'l Curzon Baronet Over the River that / Joins The Two Lakes / 60 foot Span and rough calculations

Signed and dated

  • 1759-1761
    date range: 1759-61

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (323 x 158)


Robert Adam


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 19
Harris, 1987, p. 78
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 219
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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