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Adam volume 2/183


[7] Preliminary design for a bridge, 1758-70, unexecuted


Rough perspective of a bridge, set within a landscape, composed of three rusticated, semicircular arches, with roundels in the spandrels, and surmounted by a balustrade, and supported by four piers, one of which contains a sculpture-filled niche, and the piers are surmounted by sculptures, the far left-hand pier having a sphinx, and the two inner piers having reclining figures of Bacchus, and with an abutment terminating in a pedestal supporting an urn or a lantern


not to scale


As the Mahogany for the Book / Room is very forward, Ld Coventry / wishes Mr Adams woud settle / how the Space above the / Chimney is to be disposd / Q. Whether any thing more / than a Picture in a handsome / frame will be advisable!

Signed and dated

  • 1758-1770
    Date range: 1758-70

Medium and dimensions

Pencil on laid paper (380 x 311)


Robert Adam


Rough preliminary elevation of Adam volume 51/12, drawn in pencil, but with sphinxes instead of Bacchic sculptures, Chancellor (in pencil) / Lord Chancellor (in pen)


For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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