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image SM Adam volume 15/52

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SM Adam volume 15/52


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


(35) Plan showing three-quarters of a circular ceiling, with a central patera enclosed within a hexagonal compartment, and encircled by six elliptical figurative medallions enclosed within square compartments, encircled by compartments supported by fauns and containing winged half figures, arabesques, calyx, acanthus leaves, wheat sheaves, and anthemia, and with outer lunette-shaped compartments containing figurative medallions, winged half putti, arabesques, calyx, acanthus leaves, olive leaves, and with a border of ox skulls and festoons


to a scale

Signed and dated

date range: 1765-66

Medium and dimensions

Pen and coloured washes including cerulean blue and yellow ochre within a double ruled border on laid paper (608 x 427)


Giuseppe Manocchi


See scheme notes.


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



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