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image SM Adam volume 15/97

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SM Adam volume 15/97


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


(68) Plan of a rectangular design, with a rectangular central compartment composed of a repeating pattern of lozenges containing a patera encircled by a fan and cable moulding, and enclosed rosettes, and with a ground ornamented with rosettes enclosed by fluting, within lozenge shape panels, and with arabesques, urns, acanthus leaves, rosettes, tubular flowers, anthemia, and bordering compartments containing enclosed rosettes, calyx and anthemia


to a scale


By G. Manocchi (in pencil in the hand of Sir John Summerson) / Removed from Vol 14 in 1913. (in red pen in the hand of A.T. Bolton)

Signed and dated

  • date range: 1765-66

Medium and dimensions

Pen and coloured washes including lemon yellow, pink and verdigris within a double ruled border on laid paper (368 x 521)


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.


For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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