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image Adam vol.26/34

Reference number

Adam vol.26/34

Purpose

Record drawing of a frieze showing two transmogrified griffins on either side of a decorated urn with looped handles, with sinuous foliage and vine leaves.

Aspect

Elevation

Signed and dated

Undated, possibly 1760 - 63 or c.1765

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil, brown wash on brown washed paper; black ink framing line 204 x 830, with vertical foldline

Hand

Giuseppe Manocchi (attributed to)

Notes

This is a companion drawing to Adam vol.26/33 and it was probably inspired by the frieze from the Temple of Antoninus and Faustina in the Forum in Rome. Adam vol.26/33 is probably a similar exercise, and Adam vol.26/44 shows a more exact transcription. The composition and draughtsmanship are similar to a possibly later group of drawings attributed to Giuseppe Manocchi (c.1731-82) of around 1765 in Adam volume 19 (see particularly Adam vol.19/86).

Level

Drawing

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