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SM Adam volume 25/19


[30] Preliminary design for an organ case for the music room, May 1781


Plan and elevation of a tripartite organ case, articulated by Corinthian pilasters, with organ pipes in the outer bays, and an arched recess in the central bay, containing a figurative panel. The pedestal is ornamented with enclosed rosettes, and swags. Immediately beneath the attic is a band of enclosed anthemia. The attic contains further pipes, swags, terms, and an oval medallion. The entablature frieze contains enclosed anthemia, and the whole is surmounted by sculpted musical instruments either side of the royal coat of arms, a lion and a unicorn, and with pencil annotations on the right-hand side


bar scale of 9/10 inch to 1 foot


Organ Case for The Duke of Cumberland

Signed and dated

  • May 1781
    2d May 1781

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (427 x 599)


Robert Adam


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 44
Harris, 1963, Index p. 57
King, 2001, Volume II, pp. 273, 275
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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