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image SM Adam volume 15/29

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SM Adam volume 15/29


[25] Finished drawing for a ceiling, 1765, unexecuted


(25) Rectangular plan showing half of a square ceiling, with a central figurative medallion encircled by a fan and enclosed within an octagon, and medallions containing centaurs, and figurative rectangular tablets, and a ground ornamented with masks, festoons, half putti, cloaked figures supported by tubular flowers, half figures with arabesque arms, swans, half dragons, swags, fauns, urns, arabesques, acanthus leaves, rosettes, and calyx


to a scale

Signed and dated

Io Giuseppe Manocchi Romano 1765

Medium and dimensions

Pen and coloured washes including sepia, yellow ochre and cerulean blue within a single ruled border on laid paper (576 x 330)


Giuseppe Manocchi


See scheme notes.


Spiers, 1979, p. 28 For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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