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image Adam vol.26/190

Reference number

Adam vol.26/190

Purpose

Design for a ceiling after the antique with a central circular panel showing a female figure; around this are alternating oval and rectangular panels linked by arabesques. A grotesque border of griffins and putti.

Aspect

Ceiling plan

Signed and dated

Undated, probably 1760 - 1763

Medium and dimensions

Pen, watercolour, bodycolour; black border 411 x 407

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 central figure in this drawing is that found in Adam vol.26/180 and the general composition is similar to the other Manocchi ceiling designs or panels. There is a version of one quarter of this ceiling by Manocchi in 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), which is inscribed 'Palazzo di Tito Franco Bartoli. 1721'. Bartoli's Le Pitture Antiche shows several ceiling designs from the Domus and Baths of Titus, Rome.

Level

Drawing

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