NOTES ON THE ARTWORK
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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