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image Adam vol.26/31

Reference number

Adam vol.26/31

Purpose

Possibly unfinished record drawings for wall decoration showing two panels, one above the other. At the top is part of a rectangular panel with statues in niches and grotesque decoration, forming a border to a central panel. Below is a vault-shaped panel with a central figure on a plinth flanked by grotesque work and lions.

Aspect

Elevations

Signed and dated

Undated, possibly 1765 - 67

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil 402 x 274

Hand

Giuseppe Manocchi (attributed to)

Watermark

fleur de lys within double circle

Notes

The two compositions on this sheet are typical of Roman classical decoration, such as that in the Domus Aurea, and the niche form may be compared with the work by Giovanni da Udine(1487-1564) at the Villa Madama, Rome, which was engraved by Giovanni Ottaviani (1735-1808) (see G. B. Pezzini, Raphael Invenit: Stampe da Raffaello nelle Collezioni dell'Istituto Nazionale per la Grafica, Rome, 1985, pp.645-9). The drawings are probably unfinished; panels are empty and it may well have been the intention for the drawing to have bodycolour, as in Adam vol.26/32.
There is a great similarity to the Manocchi drawings in the RIBA collection and so this might date from about 1765 - 7 when he was in London.

Level

Drawing

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