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SM Adam volume 51/5


[118] Finished drawing for a bridge, 1768


Plan and elevation of a bridge, composed of a single segmental arch, ornamented with a band of fluting, blank spandrels, a Doric frieze of triglyphs, enclosed rosettes, and ox skulls, surmounted by a balustrade, with a central tablet of festoons, supporting a sculpted reclining figure, and the bridge is supported by two piers containing urn-filled niches, and surmounted by an urn and a sphinx, and with abutments terminating with pedestals supporting obelisks. The plan shows the bridge at road level, and running through the level of the niches in the piers


bar scale of 1/4 inch to 1 foot


Mr Childs (in pen in the hand of William Adam and underwritten in pencil)

Signed and dated

  • 1768
    datable to 1768

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash within a single ruled border on laid paper (957 x 631)


Adam office hand, possibly William Hamilton


3 / 3 / 3




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



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