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Reference number

Adam vol.26/151


Record drawing of part of a panel showing a young nude male beside part of an acanthus, who is holding branches of foliage that unwind as two scrolls.



Signed and dated

  • Undated

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, grey wash, pencil framing line 238 x 521


Unidentified eighteenth-century artist


The style of decoration here is that of the pilasters of the Vatican logge in Rome, and the figure may be compared with the larger-scale figures found in Adam vol.26/191, attributed to Giuseppe Manocchi (c.1731-82). However, the accomplished though rather wooden draughtsmanship is atypical of either Manocchi or Antonio Zucchi (1726-95), and may be that of Giuseppe Sacco (1735-98), who joined James Adam in Verona in 1760 and was with him in Rome (see J. Fleming, Robert Adam and His Circle in Edinburgh & Rome, London, 1962, p.373).
The decoration of the Vatican logge appeared as engravings between 1772 - 1777 in three parts: Logge di Rafaele nel Vaticano (1772), Seconda Parte delle Logge di Rafaele nel Vaticano (1776) and Terza ed Ultima Parte delle Logge di Rafaele nel Vaticano (1777). Work on the project of recording was begun in 1760 and was more or less completed by 1768. The principal artists involved were the painter Gaetano Savorelli (d.1791) and the architect Pietro Camporesi (1726-81), and the engraver was Giovanni Ottaviani (1735-1808). The third volume was engraved by Giovanni Volpato (1733-1803), after drawings by Ludovico Tesio (1731-82).



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