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image SM, volume 110/46

Reference number

SM, volume 110/46

Purpose

[5] Sketch design for alternative chimney-pieces, left and right, with octagonal and rectangular mid-height panels bordered by foliage, and with a high mantel shelf bearing a royal coat of arms amongst putti, foliage, wings and trumpets.

Aspect

Elevation, with alternatives left and right of centre line

Scale

Not indicated, but about 7/8 in. to 1 foot (compare 110/51)

Inscribed

In ink by George Dance at bottom right, Gd, and to right in C19 hand, (45)

Signed and dated

Undated, but probably 1689-94

Medium and dimensions

Pen and brown ink over graphite under-drawing with grey-green wash; on smooth white laid paper; pinkish-brown staining in top 20 mm of sheet; 372 x 241

Hand

Gibbons

Watermark

Countermark: CDG

Notes

Like the others in this group, the drawing does not include a room cornice profile and is schematic in its decorative detail. In composition it is very similar to 110/42 (4, above). The high mantel shelf, the shield, helmet, and horns and bay leaves are derived from 110/48 (1, above).

Literature

Wren Society, IV, pl. 34, bottom

Level

Drawing

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