Design for Chimney-Pieces with Putti and Foliage 

Creator(s):   Grinling Gibbons 1648-1721

Date:    Undated, but probably 1689-94

Accession Number:   SM 110/46

Dimensions:   372mm x 241mm

Materials:   Pen and brown ink over graphite under-drawing with grey-green wash; on smooth white 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-Pieces with Putti and Foliage © Sir John Soane's Museum


Design for chimney-pieces with putti and foliage. Like the others in this group, the drawing does not include a room cornice profile and is schematic in its decorative detail. In composition it is very similar to 110/42 [Design for Alternate Chimney-Pieces on this website]. The high mantel shelf, the shield, helmet, and horns and bay leaves are derived from 110/48 [Design for a Chimney-Piece with Console Panels] .

Literature: Wren Society, IV, pl. 34, bottom.

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