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image Adam vol.26/169

Reference number

Adam vol.26/169

Purpose

Design for a rectangular ceiling with an irregular central compartment surrounded by eight panels, each containing two or three figures, divided by grotesque decoration.

Aspect

Ceiling plan

Signed and dated

Undated, probably 1760 - 1763

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, pen, watercolour, bodycolour; red border 584 x 585

Hand

Giuseppe Manocchi

Notes

This is one of ten (Adam vol.26/168, 169, 179-182, 185, 187, 189, 190), highly-finished, coloured drawings by Giuseppe Manocchi (1731-82), which parallel those found in Adam volumes 15 and 16. The composition here can be compared with a ceiling of the Palace of Augustus (Livia) (see C. Cameron, The Baths of the Romans, 1772, pl.LIV) and may be one of the drawings commissioned by James Adam in 1762 as from 'Livia's Baths'; there are others in Adam vol.26/93 and 94. The subject-matter of the eight panels here differs from those shown in Cameron. There are several copies by Manocchi of Cameron ceiling drawings amongst the Hardwick albums in the RIBA (see J. Lever, Catalogue of the Drawings Collection of the Royal Institute of British Architects, L-N, London, 1973, p.163).

Level

Drawing

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