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SM Adam volume 38/3


[3] Design for the street front of the bridge, 1770


Elevation of a one-and-a-half- and two-storey, nineteen-bay terrace; with single-bay domed and pedimented pavilions at each end; and with a three-bay central block surmounted by a broken-based pediment, containing a Venetian window within a relieving arch, and flanked by link bays, and bays surmounted by attics with pyramidal roofs. Between the central block and pavilions are links containing alternating doors and screened arches, and with pencil-drawn wall-mounted lanterns on the left-hand half of the terrace


bar scale of 2 1/2 inches to 10 feet


Front of Shops next the Road for the new Bridge at Bath / For Sir William Pulteney Bart (for Sir William Pulteney Bart in the hand of William Adam) / for Wm Pulteney Esqr (in pencil) and some measurements and rough pencil calculations given (verso) 2

Signed and dated

  • 1770
    datable to 1770

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (998 x 421)


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
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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