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SM Adam volume 51/7


[116] Design for a bridge, 1768


Elevation of a bridge, composed of three segmental arches, with medallions in the spandrels, and surmounted by a balustrade, supported by four piers, articulated by Doric columns supporting small pediments, and containing urns, and the piers are surmounted by sculptures, one being a sphinx, and another being a putto riding a sea horse, and with abutments terminating in pedestals supporting lamps, and with a rough pencil-drawn annotation of an entablature in the bottom left-hand corner


bar scale of 1/5 inch to 1 foot


1st Design (in pencil) / 1st Design for Mr Child (in pen in the hand of William Adam) and some measurements given

Signed and dated

  • 1768
    datable to 1768

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (1165 x 486)


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


4 / 5 / (and on an affixed label) Robert Child Esqr / Bridges




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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