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SM Adam volume 40/17


[119] Design for the music room, 1762, unexecuted


Section, showing the cornice and dado in profile, and showing a wall elevation with a door, rectangular overdoor panel, a frieze of calyx, anthemia and urns, and with an organ case against the wall. The organ case is tripartite, and articulated by caryatids between which the pipes are visible. Beneath are the doors, ornamented with musical trophies, and above the case is surmounted by urns


feint bar scale of 2/5 inch to 1 foot


Section of the Music Room at Kiddleston for Lord Scarsdale / Romanilli and some dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 1762
    datable to 1762

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash on laid paper (536 x 368)


Adam office hand, possibly Agostino Brunias, with title inscription in the hand of William Adam


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 18
Harris, 1987, pp. 14, 37
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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