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SM Adam volume 51/32


[31] Alternative design for a bridge, c1761-68, unexecuted


Elevation of a balustraded bridge with three equal segmental arches, resting on four piers articulated by engaged Spalatro order columns, supporting small pediments over a large urn on a socle, and the abutments terminate in small pediments supporting lanterns


bar scale of 1/5 inch to 1 foot


For the Earl of Shelburne at Bowood (in the hand of William Adam) and some measurements given (verso) 2 / 2 / 18 (in pencil) / Number 18 (in red pen) / Earl of Shelburne Bowood

Signed and dated

  • 1761-1768
    date range: 1761-68

Medium and dimensions

Pen on laid paper (1202 x 494)


Adam office hand, with title inscription in the hand of William Adam




Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 4
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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