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image SM Adam volume 15/43

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SM Adam volume 15/43


[97] Finished drawing for an ornamental grotesque panel, c1765-66, unexecuted


(97) Elevation of a rectangular panel - possibly for a wall - with a lunette-shaped tablet containing putti, putti fauns and a goat, and a ground ornamented with figures, winged half putti, masks, enclosed ram masks, winged sphinxes, fauns, baskets and urns of foliage, two figures of Britannia under canopies, half swans, birds, swags, ribbons, urns, patera, rosettes, arabesques, acanthus leaves, laurel leaves, calyx and a variety of foliage


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 yellow ochre, cerulean blue and terre verte within a double ruled border on laid paper (579 x 368)


Giuseppe Manocchi


See scheme notes.


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



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