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image SM Adam volume 15/59

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SM Adam volume 15/59


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


(42) Rectangular plan showing half of a square ceiling, with a patera encircled by a fan, and enclosed within a octagonal band, with circular figurative medallions and arabesques within octagonal compartments, circular figurative medallions within lozenges, and with calyx enclosed within square compartments in each corner, and tablets containing putti around the border interspersed with small compartments containing urns and arabesques, and a ground ornamented with masks, swags, winged putti supported by globes, winged half figures, arabesques, acanthus leaves, calyx, rosettes, olive leaves, and tubular flowers


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 Indian red, cerulean blue and yellow ochre within a single ruled border on laid paper (534 x 319)


Giuseppe Manocchi


See scheme notes.


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



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