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Dial clock XF55, by John Leroux (fl.1781-1808), London, c. 1800, ebonised wood, brass, steel and glass.©Sir John Soane's Museum, London.

Dial clock by John Leroux (fl.1781-1808), London, c.1800

Ebonised wood, brass, steel and glass

Diameter: 52cm

Museum number: XF55

Curatorial note

With moulded bezel, the back box with angled underside, 16¼ inch (41.5 cm) diameter painted wood dial with Roman and Arabic chapters, signed LEROUX / LONDON, painted steel heart-shaped hands, the eight day movement with over-size rectangular plates joined by five pillars, single line and fusee with anchor escapement, with T-bar suspension for steel rod pendulum with brass bob.

John Leroux was working in Charing Cross between 1781 and 1808 and it therefore seems likely that Soane purchased this clock some time during that period and later installed it in the front kitchen of No. 13 (completed in 1812-13). In 1835 Vulliamy repaired the clock for Soane, providing a new Escapement and pendulum and ‘repaired the case painted black and varnished’.1

1 SM Archive XVI.A.4.5. Bill dated October 24 1835.

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