- Robert and James Adam office drawings
The finished and record drawings are colour-washed and suggest the use of painted ornament on the harpsichord case. The instrument illustrated in the Works in Architecture of Robert and James Adam, however, is said to be inlaid with coloured woods.
None of these designs were brought to fruition, although an instrument decorated to a much altered scheme was executed, and survives in the boudoir of Maria Feodorovna, Grand Duke Paul's second wife, at the Palace of Pavlovsk (see scheme notes).
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Contents of Rough preliminary designs, designs, finished drawing and record drawings for a harpsichord case, 1774, unexecuted (7)
-  Rough preliminary design showing a plan of the the top of a harpsichord case, 1774, unexecuted
-  Rough preliminary design showing a detail of an elevation of a harpsichord case, 1774, unexecuted
-  Design showing a perspective of a harpsichord case, 1774, unexecuted
-  Design showing a plan of the top of a harpsichord case, 1774, unexecuted
-  Finished drawing showing plans and an elevation of a harpsichord case, 1774, unexecuted
-  Finished drawing showing a plan, elevation and profile of a harpsichord case, 1774, unexecuted
-  Record drawing showing a plan of the top of a harpsichord case, 1774, unexecuted