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SM Adam volume 25/13


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


Plan and elevation of two alternative designs. The design on the left has a top centred on a figurative roundel, encircled by enclosed acanthus leaves, arabesques and calyx. This is flanked in either side by two bands of flowers and calyx, either side of a figurative panel ornamented with arabesques and calyx. The elevation shows that the side is ornamented by an urn, a griffon, figurative ovals, and two panels containing swags, husks and bows, and either an en closed rosette or a small plaque, and either an eagle, or an ox skull


bar scale of 1 1/2 inch to 1 foot


Two Designs for the Fronts & tops of a Piano Forte for The Empress of Russia

Signed and dated

  • 30/04/1774
    Adelphi / 30t April 1774

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and coloured washes including Indian yellow, pink and cerulean blue on laid paper (595 x 438)


Adam office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 57
King 2001, Volume II, p. 257
Libin, 2001, pp. 355, 356, 36
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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