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image Adam vol.26/187

Reference number

Adam vol.26/187

Purpose

Design for a ceiling or antique study for a panel (?) showing a central circular panel containing a female figure carrying an urn in the centre and four other figures in semi-circular panels; beyond this are panels of various shapes containing figures, all within a stylised border.

Aspect

Ceiling plan

Signed and dated

Undated, probably 1760 - 1763

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, pen, watercolour, bodycolour; black border 425 x 422

Hand

Giuseppe Manocchi (attributed to)

Watermark

Countermark

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. This composition is notable for the naturalism of the figures and scenes in the various panels, which may be compared with those from the Baths of Titus in Robert Adam's 1750 copy of Bartoli, Picturae Antiquae Cryptarum Romanarum (p. 107) (see also Adam vol.26/190). The central section is similar to a composition in the Catacomb of Sts. Peter and Marcellinus (see R. Ling, Roman Painting, Cambridge, 1991, pl.206).

Level

Drawing

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