- Robert and James Adam office drawings
The contents of Cumberland House were sold at Christie’s in 1793, and this included two organs, but it is not known if either had a case designed by Adam. If an organ case had been executed according to any of these drawings it would have been Adam’s finest. According to Stillman the delicacy of this design (Adam volume 25/18) is typical of the mature Adam style, especially when compared with earlier organ case designs for Home House and Kedleston Hall.
Beard has noticed a slight resemblance between Adam’s designs for an organ case for Cumberland House, and James Wyatt’s (1746-1813) 1790 organ case for Heaton Hall, now in the Manchester City Art Gallery.
Sir John Soane's collection includes some 30,000 architectural, design and topographical drawings which is a very important resource for scholars worldwide. His was the first architect’s collection to attempt to preserve the best in design for the architectural profession in the future, and it did so by assembling as exemplars surviving drawings by great Renaissance masters and by the leading architects in Britain in the 17th and 18th centuries and his near contemporaries such as Sir William Chambers, Robert Adam and George Dance the Younger. These drawings sit side by side with 9,000 drawings in Soane’s own hand or those of the pupils in his office, covering his early work as a student, his time in Italy and the drawings produced in the course of his architectural practice from 1780 until the 1830s.
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