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image Adam vol.26/181

Reference number

Adam vol.26/181

Purpose

Design for a ceiling after the antique composed as a cruciform with a central rose containing figures, with circular panels in the four quadrants and hexagonal panels, all surrounded by a triple border.

Aspect

Ceiling plan

Signed and dated

Undated, probably 1760 - 1763

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, pen, watercolour, bodycolour; black border (trimmed at bottom) 457 x 445

Hand

Giuseppe Manocchi

Notes

This is one of a set of highly-finished, coloured drawings of a similar size (see Adam vol.26/168, 169, 179-182, 185, 187, 189 and 190) by Giuseppe Manocchi (1731-82), which parallel those found in Adam volumes 15 and 16. The design here can be compared with pl.LXXIII, the 'Ceiling imitated at the Villa Madama', in Charles Cameron, The Baths of the Romans, 1772, although the subjects of the various panels are different in this drawing from those given by Cameron. There is a version of this composition, partially coloured, in the Manocchi 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.93).

Level

Drawing

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