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image Adam vol.26/137

Reference number

Adam vol.26/137

Purpose

Record drawing of part of a ceiling showing two borders, one with shells and the other with stylized motifs, separated by cyma reversa borders.

Aspect

Ceiling plan

Signed and dated

Undated, probably 1760 - 1763

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, pen, brown wash with white heightening on brown washed paper 296 x 366

Hand

Giuseppe Manocchi

Notes

This composition is an enlargement of the shell and fretwork panels shown in Adam vol.26/133 and can also be compared with that in Adam vol.26/136 where there is a variation on the shell border. These drawings attributed to Giuseppe Manocchi (c.1731-82) may be derived from Hadrian's Villa at Tivoli, Italy through the Giovanni Battista Piranesi illustration in Vasi, Candelabri, Cippi, Sarcofagi, etc. (Rome, 1778). There are similar designs among the Manocchi drawings in Adam volumes 15 and 16, and other studies of the fretwork panels and shell-pattern borders in Adam vol.26/143.

Level

Drawing

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