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image Adam vol.26/123

Reference number

Adam vol.26/123

Purpose

Record drawing of a symmetrical panel decorated in the grotesque style with foliage, rosettes, putti; at the base are two lions pawing at a winged figure in the centre.

Aspect

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Signed and dated

Undated, probably 1760 - 1763

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil, brown wash on brown washed paper; ink framing line 595 x 365, trimmed at bottom edge

Hand

Giuseppe Manocchi (attributed to)

Notes

This drawing and its companion in Adam vol.26/122 are inspired by the antique rather than being a direct copy. The composition can be compared stylistically with other drawings attributed to Giuseppe Manocchi (1731-82) in this volume (see Adam vol.26/98, 99 and 105). They may also be related to the decorative panels of James Adam's scheme of 1762/3 for the Parliament House, London found in Adam volume 7. Both compositions are counterparts of those made by Agostino Brunias (1730-96) for Robert Adam in the late 1750s, and also seen in the arabesque plaster panels of the following decade.
The black framing line has been trimmed off at the base of the drawing in a similar fashion to other compositions by Manocchi in Adam volume 19 (see particularly Adam vol.19/95-96).

Level

Drawing

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