Design for Chimney-Piece with Portrait Medallion 

Creator(s):   Grinling Gibbons 1648-1721

Date:    Undated, but probably near beginning of period c. 1689-94

Accession Number:   SM 110/36

Dimensions:   466mm x 285mm

Materials:   Pen and brown ink with grey washes, over graphite under drawing, with some additions in graphite; 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 Portrait Medallion © Sir John Soane's Museum


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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