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SM Adam volume 25/5


[1] Design for an organ case, c1763, possibly executed


Elevation of an organ case, with a base ornamented with rosettes enclosed within a band of rope moulding, and with festoons. Above this there is a panel ornamented with rosettes enclosed within overlapping circles and lozenges, and compartments ornamented with rosettes surrounded by calyx. The compartments are flanked by ram masks suspending festoons and cameos, and by ribbons suspending musical instruments. The central compartment is ornamented with a figurative roundel surrounded by rosettes enclosed within wreaths, and with a band of anthemia below. The pilaster stiles are ornamented with spears surmounted by masks, continuous bands of olive branch wreaths, and by acanthus leaf, anthemia and drop calyx. The organ case has a frieze of fluting and is surmounted by urns


to a scale


Organ Case for The Earl of Bute / 5

Signed and dated

  • c1763

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (228 x 329)


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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