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SM Adam volumes 25/12


[8] Record drawing showing a plan and an elevation of a pianoforte case, 1774, unexecuted


Plan of the top and elevation of the side. The top is tripartite, with square side compartments at either end containing musical instruments encircled by a garland. The central rectangular compartment centres of a figurative roundel encircled by calyx and beading. There is a partial plan of the legs drawn underneath in pencil


bar scale of 1 1/2 inch to 1 foot


Top of the Piano Forte for The Empress of Russia / Front of the Piano Forte

Signed and dated

  • 1774
    Adelphi / 1774

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and coloured washes including Indian yellow, pink and cerulean blue on laid paper (292 x 404)


Adam office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 57
King 2001, Volume II, p. 257
Libin, 2001, pp. 355, 362, 364
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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