NOTES ON THE ARTWORK
Design for a chimney-piece with portrait medallion. Compositionally, this design is closest to 110/32 [Design for Chimney-Piece with Plain Fire Surround on this website]. 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.
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