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SM Adam volume 25/2


[124] Finished drawing for alternative designs for an organ case, 1762


Elevation of an organ case with a pedestal containing double doors ornamented with panels of calyx and festoons and musical trophies, flanked on either side by a stile ornamented with a mask and figure-of-eight bell flowers. The pedestal supports a band of arabesques with a central coat of arms and female supporters, Ionic pilasters and two winged female sculptures, between which is a circular panel exposing the organ pipes, and surmounted by a frieze of enclosed rosettes, with eagles in the capitals, a tablet, and supporting two urns


bar scale of 1 7/10 inches to 1 foot


Organ Case for Lord Scarsdale

Signed and dated

datable to 1761-62

Medium and dimensions

Pen and wash on laid paper (293 x 461)


Adam office hand, possibly Agostino Brunias


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 19
Harris, 1963, Index p. 50
Harris, 2001, p. 25
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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