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SM Adam volume 10/82


[8] Preliminary design for the New Town looking away from the river, 1782


Elevation of the New Town looking away from the river. With the domed and pedimented pavilions of Pulteney Bridge shown at the centre. The bridge is flanked by links which are composed of one-and-a-half-storey arched gateways surmounted by sculpted trophies, which are flanked by single-storey link walls, and one-and-a-half-storey octagonal buildings with pyramidal roofs. Beyond these links are buildings as in Adam volume 10/81, being two-and-a-half-storey, twenty-nine-bay blocks, with every fourth bay projecting, and a central clock tower


to a scale


Elevation towards the New Town

Signed and dated

  • 24/12/1782
    Adelphi / 24t/ Decr 1782

Medium and dimensions

Pencil on laid paper (998x262)


Robert Adam




Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 3
King, 2001, Volume 2, p. 76
Rowan, 2007, p. 69
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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