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SM Adam volume 51/8


[115] Design for a bridge, 1768


Plan of a bridge composed of three arches, resting on four piers, and with curving abutments. One half of the plan shows the bridge at road level, and the other half of the plan shows the starlings, and foundations of the abutment


bar scale of 1/5 inch to 1 foot


Plan of the Coach & Foot Ways of Mr Childs Bridge (of Mr Childs Bridge in the hand of William Adam) / Plan of the Foundations and some measurements given

Signed and dated

  • 1768
    datable to 1768

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (1248 x 482)


Adam office hand, possibly William Hamilton or J P Laurent, with addition to title inscription in the hand of William Adam


5 / 6 / Number 4 (in red pen) / Robt Child Esqr Osterly Park




Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 25
Rowan, 1988, p. 82
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 224
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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