Ceiling for the Honorable Horace Walpole Esq. (for the Round Drawing Room at Strawberry Hill), 1766, by Robert Adam (1728-1792).
In this drawings collection 166 are by Giuseppe Manocchi. In 1765 Manocchi, a Roman draughtsman, joined the architectural office of Robert and James Adam in London. Immediately upon his employment, the Adam brothers commissioned Manocchi to make a series of drawings to provide inspirational material for their work.
Sir John Soane’s Museum holds 9,000 Adam drawings in its collection. These drawings produced by the Adam brothers represent 80% of the surviving Adam Office drawings in the world. Sir John Soane purchased this remarkable treasure-trove of architectural history in 1833 for the sum of £200. The drawings were shipped from Edinburgh to London by the cheapest means possible, as deck cargo aboard a merchant ship. Despite spending the journey with little more than a tarpaulin cover to protect them from the elements the drawings arrived safely in London and were brought from the Thames to the Soane Museum where, with the exception of exhibition loans, they have never since left
Dimensions: 150mm x 150mm