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SM Adam volume 25/4


[2] Design for an organ case, 1763, possibly executed


Elevation of an organ case, with tapering Corinthian pilaster stiles, ornamented with wreaths of antlers, and this is surmounted by terms bearing musical instruments. The base of the organ case is ornamented with rosettes, lion masks and festoons, and above this there is a band of fret. The central panels are ornamented with rosettes enclosed within wreaths, and this is flanked by ribbons which suspend instruments, and above all this there is a band of anthemia. The opening of the organ case is bordered by a vine of olive leaves, with scrolled hearts beyond, and this is flanked by thyrsi and wreaths. The organ case has a frieze of fluting, capitals containing rosettes, and the central compartment is pedimented. The tympanum is ornamented with a lyre crossed with olive branches and flanked by festoons, and the pediment is surmounted by acroteria supporting urns


to a scale


Organ Case for The Earl of Bute / 4

Signed and dated

  • 1763

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and coloured washes including Indian yellow and cerulean blue on laid paper (323 x 405)


Office hand, possibly Giuseppe Manocchi or William Hamilton


Bolton, 1922, Volume I, pp. 69-70; Volume II, Index, p. 21
Malloch, 1983, pp. 172-183
Russell, 1992, pp. 44-47
King, 2001, Volume I, pp. 409, 411, pl. 566; Volume II, p. 272
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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