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SM Adam volume 51/1


[119] Design for a bridge, 1768, as executed


Perspective of a bridge, composed of a single, rusticated, segmental arch, with a mask ornamenting the key stone, and surmounted by a solid balustrade, with a central figurative tablet, and supported by two piers, articulated by banded Doric pilasters, containing urn-filled rectangular recesses, figurative relief panels, friezes of festoons and rosettes, and with a tablet containing a roundel and festoons on the balustrade, surmounted by a sculpted relining figure, and with abutments terminating with pedestals supporting urns, and with a roughly drawn boat in the foreground




It is unknown for whom this was designed (in pen in the hand of William Adam)

Signed and dated

  • 1768
    datable to 1768

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash within a single ruled border on laid paper (686 x 488)


Robert Adam, and title inscription in the hand of William Adam


JWHATMAN and fleur de lis within crowned cartouche


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 25
King, 2001, Volume I, p. 351
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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