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SM Adam volume 25/6


[5] Design for an organ case, 1770, unexecuted


Plan and elevation of a tripartite organ case, the central projecting bay is framed by Ionic pilasters ornamented with drops of calyx. The lower register is ornamented with rosettes within octagonal panels, and the whole has a frieze of lyres, medallions, and festoons, and is crowned by enclosed rosettes, and enclosed acanthus leaves on one side, and an alternative of calyx, anthemia and acanthus leaves on the other side


bar scale of 1 1/5 inches to 1 foot


Organ Case for The Earl of Exeter in the hand of William Adam

Signed and dated

  • 1770

Medium and dimensions

Pen and wash on laid paper (341 x 441)


Adam office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi, and title inscription in the hand of William Adam


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 5
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 275
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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