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image SM Adam volume 5/52

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SM Adam volume 5/52


[2] Finished drawing for a ceiling or a carpet, c1765-66, unexecuted


Plan of a square design, with a central rosette enclosed by a fan, arabesques and a Greek cross-shaped arrangement composed of cable moulding, and with a rosette enclosed by a fan in each corner, and with a border of circular panels containing rosettes alternately encircled by calyx and enclosed rosettes


to a scale


By an Italian (in pencil on the hand of A.T. Bolton)

Signed and dated

  • 1765-66
    date range: 1765-66

Medium and dimensions

Pen and coloured washes including Indian red, yellow ochre, violet and cerulean blue within a double ruled border on laid paper (349 x 377)


Giuseppe Manocchi


Spiers, 1979, p. 11
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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