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image SM Adam volume 15/107

Reference number

SM Adam volume 15/107


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


(75) Plan of a rectangular, compartmental design, with a central square compartment containing a patera encircled by a fan enclosing drops of calyx, fluting, a fan enclosing rosettes and rectangular tablets of scrolled hearts, and in each corner a rosette enclosed by a wreath. Rectangular compartments to either side contain rosettes and calyx within squares enclosed by wreaths, and there are bordering square and rectangular compartments of rosettes enclosed by fans, and calyx crossed with guilloche


bar scale of 4/10 inch to 1 foot


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 yellow ochre, pink and cerulean blue within a double ruled border on laid paper (497 x 361)


Giuseppe Manocchi


That this drawing has a bar scale, unlike the others by Manocchi, suggests that it may have been designed for a specific room.

See scheme notes.


For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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