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image SM Adam volume 15/47

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SM Adam volume 15/47


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


(32) Rectangular plan showing half of a square, compartmental ceiling, with curved corners, with lunette-shaped tablets containing winged putti, and two figurative medallions, and with a ground ornamented with a central square compartment containing a patera encircled by a fan, half figures, arabesques, calyx, rosettes, and masks supporting baskets, and the central square is framed by compartments containing tablets and medallions, and the bordering compartments contain arabesques, urns, acanthus leaves, calyx, rosettes, and anthemia


to a scale

Signed and dated

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

Medium and dimensions

Pen and coloured washes including yellow ochre, violet and cerulean blue within a single ruled border on laid paper (503 x 329)


Giuseppe Manocchi


See scheme notes.


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



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