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SM Adam volume 15/30


[26] Finished drawing for a ceiling, c1765-66, unexecuted


(26) Lunette-shaped plan showing half of a circular ceiling, with square figurative tablets enclosed within roundels, and with a ground ornamented with a patera encircled by a fan and intersecting squares, rosettes, masks, arabesques, a circular band of Vitruvian scroll, half figures supporting baskets, acanthus leaves, calyx, and a border of figure-of-eight ribbons enclosing calyx and laurel leaves


to a scale

Signed and dated

  • Io Giuseppe Manocchi Romano (this has been scratched out and is very feint) and date range: 1765-66

Medium and dimensions

Pen and coloured washes including yellow ochre, red and cerulean blue within a single ruled border on laid paper (471 x 274)


Giuseppe Manocchi


This drawing, along with three others by Manocchi within the Adam drawings collection at Sir John Soane's Museum, has pin holes in the margins. Such holes are the result of the paper being pinned to a board during the drawing and washing process. This was common practice and it is likely that the other Manocchi drawings also had such pin holes until they were cropped away.

See scheme notes.


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



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