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image SM, volume 110/35

Reference number

SM, volume 110/35

Purpose

[2] Design for chimney-piece with a relief of a Roman battle scene over the fire surround and a portrait frame in the overmantel, surrounded by swags of drapery, fruit, flowers and other motifs

Aspect

Elevation, complete except for right half of overmantel surround

Scale

About 1 inch to 1 foot

Inscribed

In ink by Dance, bottom right, Gd, and in a C19 hand, (35)

Signed and dated

Undated, but within range c.1690 to c.1693

Medium and dimensions

Pen and brown ink with grey washes over graphite under drawing on laid paper, top 40 mm with pinkish brown staining and blotching, and the paper eroded in placed 458 x 257

Watermark

Countermark: PVL (for Piet van der Ley)

Notes

The technique of the drawing is identical to that of 1 and 3 (110/32 and 36), although each is drawn to a slightly different scale. The drapery is made to fit precisely within the frame of the overmantel and is overlapped by the ribbons from which all the decorative features are hung. Gibbons probably intended to execute this entire relief in limewood, as a bravura exercise in trompe l'oeil carving.

Literature

H. Avray Tipping, 1914, p. 89 Wren Society, IV, pl. 35, top; H. Avray Tipping, Grinling Gibbons and the woodwork of his age (1648-1720), 1914, fig. 82

Level

Drawing

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