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image SM Adam volume 15/79

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SM Adam volume 15/79


[61] Finished drawing for a ceiling or a carpet, c1765-66, unexecuted


(61) Plan of a rectangular tripartite design, divided by bands of lozenges enclosing rosettes, with a central square compartment containing a patera encircled by cable mouldnig, a wreath, drops of calyx, and peltoid shields, within a band of anthemia enclosed by scrolled hears, and framed by arabesques, acanthus leaves, anthemia, enclosed rosettes, rosettes and olive leaves, and a band of volutes, anthemia and rosettes, and a band of enclosed rosettes and anthemia within repeating lozenges, and with bordering compartments of lunette-shaped fans, and lozenges ornamented with calyx, and enclosing rosettes


to a scale

Signed and dated

  • date range: 1765-66

Medium and dimensions

Pen and coloured washes including pink and verdigris within a double ruled border on laid paper (618 x 414)


Giuseppe Manocchi


See scheme notes.


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



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