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SM Adam volume 25/8


[5] Finished drawing showing plans and an elevation of a harpsichord case, 1774, unexecuted


Plan, elevation and profile. The plan shows the arrangement of eight legs, and the elevations show that the base of the instrument is ornamented with cable moulding, the legs with drops of calyx, swags and surmounted by enclosed rosettes, and the sides of the instrument are ornamented with cable moulding, griffons, half figures, arabesques, oval figurative panels, a centally placed urn, and a band of anthemia and calyx


bar scale of 1 1/2 inch to 1 foot


Harpsichord for The Empress of Russia

Signed and dated

  • 1774

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil, wash and coloured washes including pink, cerulean blue and Indian yellow on laid paper (405 x 585)


Adam office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 57
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 257
Libin, 2001, pp. 355, 360
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



Exhibition history

Original Drawings of Robert and James Adam, Kenwood House, London, 1953

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