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image SM, volume 110/36

Reference number

SM, volume 110/36

Purpose

[3] Design for a plain fire surround and an overmantel with a portrait frame, surrounded by swags of flowers, birds and foliage, hung from ribbons, and including a male portrait medallion

Aspect

Elevation, incomplete on right side of overmantel

Scale

About ¾ inch to 1 foot

Inscribed

In ink by Dance, at bottom right,Gd, and by C19 hand to right, (36)

Signed and dated

Undated, but probably near beginning of period c. 1689-94

Medium and dimensions

Pen and brown ink with grey washes, over graphite under drawing, with some additions in graphite; on laid paper, laid down, with pinkish-brown blotching and staining in top 60mm; 466 x 285

Hand

Gibbons

Watermark

Countermark: PVL (see 110/32)

Notes

Compositionally, this design is closest to 1, 110/32. The cresting is surmounted by an acanthus whorl (only the left half of which is shown) in a manner reminiscent of Gibbons's reredos carving at St. James's Piccadilly (mid-1680s). The figure in the large portrait medallion appears to be in the garb of a classical figure, possibly a philosopher.

Literature

Wren Society, vol. IV, pl. 32, bottom

Level

Drawing

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