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image SM Adam volume 25/10

Reference number

SM Adam volume 25/10


[6] Finished drawing showing a plan, elevation and profile of a harpsichord case, 1774, unexecuted


Plan, elevation and profile as Adam volume 25/9, but to a different scale, and with an additional band of enclosed anthemia on the side of the instrument


bar scale of 1 1/2 inch to 1 foot


Front of the Harpsichord / for The Empress of Russia / Plan of the Harpsichord

Signed and dated

Adelphi / 1774

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil, wash and coloured washes including pink, cerulean blue and Indian yellow on laid paper (406 x 573)


Adam office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 57
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 257
Libin, 2001, pp. 355, 360
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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