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Reference number

Adam vol.26/144


Record drawing of a panel showing acanthus leaves in relief in an asymmetrical composition.



Signed and dated

  • Undated, probably 1760 - 1763

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, grey and black wash on brown washed paper, ink framing line 521 x 356


Giuseppe Manocchi (attributed to)


crowned fleur de lys


This is probably a detail of the acanthus ornament from the lower part of the outer walls of the Ara Pacis Augustae, which was set up on the Campus Martius near the Via Flaminia in Rome, Italy. In 1568 several of the marble relief panels were discovered and achieved considerable fame. This drawing may be compared with the more naturalistic form of the acanthus shown in Adam vol.26/74 attributed to Nicolas-François-David Lhullier (d.1793). The draughtsmanship here is similar to other compositions in this volume by Giuseppe Manocchi (c.1731-82) and may also be compared with those in Adam volume 19.



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