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SM Adam volume 49/2


[22] Full size working drawing for the ornamental panels of a pianoforte case for Queen Charlotte, 1780, probably unexecuted


Plan of a panel divided into three compartments, with ornamental strips of musical instruments on ribbon in between. The central rectangular compartment contains a large oval panel, flanked on either side by a giant order on a pedestal ornamented with cameos, lion head, unicorn heads - a rostral column to the left, and ornamented with miltary trophies to the right - and surrounded by flags, naval and military paraphernalia. Above are swags of drapery. In the compartments to either side are an enclosed, crowned lion on one side, and an enclosed, crowned unicorn on the other, each encircled by an olive wreath


full size


Design for the Queens Piano Forte (verso) 1

Signed and dated

  • June 1780
    Adelphi / 21s June 1780

Medium and dimensions

Pen and coloured washes including pink on laid paper (1597 x 374)


Adam office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 35
Harris, 1963, p. 54
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 275
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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