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image SM Adam volume 54/3/22

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SM Adam volume 54/3/22


[121] Preliminary design for alternative designs for an organ case, 1762


Rough elevation of a tripartite organ case articulated by terms on three different levels, with the pipes visible on the middle level which is further ornamented with urns, figures and roundels, and the attic ornamented with a cartouche and swags. To the left-hand side of the sheet is a drawing of a candlestick (verso) a letter in the hand of Robert Adam


not to scale

Signed and dated

datable to 1761-62

Medium and dimensions

Pencil and pen on laid paper (199 x 186)


Robert Adam


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



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