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SM Adam volume 51/25


[5] Unfinished design for a bridge, 1764, unexecuted


Elevation of a bridge, composed of a single rusticated, segmental arch, with enclosed lion masks in the spandrels, with a fluted frieze, surmounted by a balustrade, and supported by two rusticated piers, containing urn-filled niches, and ornamented with rectangular rinceau panels, and with curved abutments terminating in pedestals, one of which is ornamented with a pencil-drawn spandrel of vermiculated rustication


to a scale


Design of a Bridge for the Right Honourable Lord Henley Lord High Chancellor of England proposed to be Built / at his Lordships Seat of the Grange in Hampshire. The Arch Spans 70 feet Rises 24"6 (verso) 1 / Number 13 / Bridge for Ld Chancellor Henley

Signed and dated

  • 1764
    datable to 1764

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil within a single ruled border on laid paper (659 x 491)


Adam office hand, possibly Agostino Brunias


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 15
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 218
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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