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  • image SM 45/2/21, 44/9/14, 44/9/13

Reference number

SM 45/2/21, 44/9/14, 44/9/13


Copies of measured drawings after ? Giuseppe Manocchi, c.1780 (3)


1 Part plan of a circular room showing 4 semicircular alcoves and 3 doorways, the half-plan of the ceiling shown in dotted lines
2 Part plan of a stucco ceiling after one at the Villa Hadriana
3 Part plan of a ceiling with compartments decorated with figures from Greek mythology including Hercules, centaurs and Neptune


(1-3) to a scale


(1) (Soane) Villa Pamfili (2) (Soane) Soffito che si conserva in Villa Pamfili opera d'Algardi in Stucco, copiato dalle Villa Adriana and (another hand, Manocchio ?) Mezzo della Sopra (3) (Soane) Villa Pamfili

Medium and dimensions

Pen, poché, pencil within double ruled border on laid paper (400 x 485); pen and sepia wash on laid paper (363 x 530); pen and sepia wash on laid paper (356 x 538)


(1-3) ? Giuseppe Manocchi (c.1731-82)


(1) cartouche with bend surmounted by fleur-de-lis and crescent between V and L below; (2-3) fleur-de-lis within crowned cartouche;


The inscriptions (except one) are in Soane's hand but the drawings are not. Professor du Prey brought attention to drawings 2 and 3 and noted (January/February 2009) that they are identical to tracings by Thomas Hardwick (1752-1829, in the 'Thomas Hardwick albums', RIBA Drawings Collection) that are after Giuseppe Manocchi, a Roman draughtsman of whom little is known. There are also drawings signed by him (and dated 1765 or 1766) in the Adam collection at the Soane Museum.

It seems that these three drawings are by Manocchi, bought by Soane in about 1780. Two of the plans show ceilings that survive in good condition in the Villa Pamphili later Doria Pamphili and sometimes known as the Villa del Bel Respiro; sited to the south-west of the centre of Rome just outside the Porta San Pancrazio (Via San Pancrazio). The Villa was built 1644-52 by Alessandro Algardi (1595-1654) better known as a sculptor, who also designed the summer theatre and several fountains.

For another drawing by Manocchi see Italy: Tivoli: Hadrian's Villa: drawing 4


P.du Prey, John Soane's architectural education 1753-80, 1977, pp.272, 522 fn.34



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