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SM Adam volume 38/5


[1] Design for the roadway and shops on one side of the bridge, 1770


Plan showing the roadway of a bridge, and the buildings along one side, comprising a terrace of eleven single-pile shops, with windows to front and rear, and each containing a staircase. There is a rough pencil-drawn lantern in the top left-hand corner of the sheet


bar scale of ¼ inch to 1 foot


Plan of the Shops on the New Bridge at Bath / this side to be exactly the same as the other / for Sir William Pulteney Bart (in the hand of William Adam) / Center line of the Bridge / For William Pulteney Esqr (in pencil) / River front / The Red Lines show the Openings that must be left in the Crown of the Arches / [ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ ]y they descend by a Ladder into ye Cellar and some measurements given (verso) Number 2 (in red pen) / 2 (in pencil) / 4 / Bridge & Street at Bath for Mr Pulteney Esqr

Signed and dated

  • 1770
    datable to 1770

Medium and dimensions

Pen, red pen and pencil on laid paper (1094 x 348)


Adam office hand, possibly William Hamilton or Joseph Bonom, with addition to title inscription in the hand of William Adam


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 3
Manco, 1995, p. 135
Rowan, 2007, p. 69
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



Exhibition history

Vaulting Ambition: The Adam Brothers, Contractors to the Metropolis in the Reign of George III, Sir John Soane's Museum, London, 14 September 2007 - 12 January 2008; The Wilson Art Gallery and Museum, Cheltenham, 19 April - 24 May 2008; Talbot Rice Gallery, Edinburgh, 24 October - 13 December 2008

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