Design for Chimney-Piece with Pair of Putti 

Creator(s):   Grinling Gibbons 1648-1721

Date:    Undated, but datable 1689-94

Accession Number:   SM 110/45

Dimensions:   446mm x 240mm

Materials:   Pen and russet-brown ink over graphite under-drawing with green, light pink, light green and grey washes, and with black ink redrawing of baseline; on laid paper

Location:   Sir John Soane's Museum

Credit Line (copyright notice for material) :   © Sir John Soane's Museum

Online Catalogue Entry :

Design for Chimney-Piece with Pair of Putti © Sir John Soane's Museum


Design for a chimney-piece with  a pair of putti. Gibbons’s overmantel has a central vertical background in light pink and an outer border in light green, probably for damask coverings, although he has not drawn in the usual architrave fixings. On 110/47 [Design for Chimney-Piece with Urn on this website] the fixings are shown, and the drawing as a whole is more complete. The coved cornice is a type found in the smaller rooms in the king’s and queen’s apartments at Hampton Court. Standing or seated cherubs are also found on Gibbons’s funerary monuments, where they are carved in marble and, in one instance, linked to a garland of flowers that overhangs a pediment (St Mary the Virgin Bottesford, monument for eighth earl of Rutland, d. 1679; Beard, 1989, fig. 88).

Literature: Wren Society, IV, pl. 38, top.

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