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image Adam vol.26/189

Reference number

Adam vol.26/189

Purpose

Design for a ceiling after the antique with a circular central panel showing a female figure reclining on a cloud; around the central circle are four angels between rectangular panels, which are above four more panels each topped with an urn; all connected by arabesques.

Aspect

Ceiling plan

Signed and dated

Undated, probably 1760 - 1763

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, pen, watercolour, bodycolour; black border 453 x 451

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 composition, though not the detail, may be compared with the Tomb of Lucina of the second century (see D. Stillman, the Decorative Work of Robert Adam, London, 1966, p.104).

Level

Drawing

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