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SM Adam volume 51/22


[5] Finished drawing showing the river front of the bridge, and its surrounding topography, 1770


Elevation of a bridge composed of three equal segmental arches, supported by stepped starlings and pyramid-topped piers, above which are oculi and rectangular windows. On top of the bridge is a single and one-and-a-half-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. Below the bridge the river and riverbed are given, and to either side can be seen the levels of the land


bar scale of 7/10 inch to 10 feet


Bridge for William Pulteney Esqr at Bath (in the hand of William Adam)

Signed and dated

  • 1770
    datable to 1770

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil, wash and yellow and coloured washes of sepia and cerulean blue within a single ruled border on laid paper (834 x 337)


Adam office hand, possibly William Hamilton or Joseph Bonomi, with title inscription in the hand of William Adam


LVG surmounted by fleur de lis within crowned cartouche


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 3
Manco, 1995, p. 134
Rowan, 2007, p. 69
For a full list of literature reference 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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