Design for a Tablet for a Chimney-Piece with Two Swans in Combat, Enclosed within a Scrolling Cartouche with a Water-Spouting Dragon's Head

Artist: Thomas Johnson (British, 1714–1778)

Date: 1762

Medium: Crayon manner and stipple engraving

Dimensions: sheet: 8 x 13 1/16 in. (20.3 x 33.2 cm)

Classification: Prints

Credit Line: Gift of Harvey Smith, 1985

Accession Number: 1985.1099

Description

Thomas Johnson was an important master carver of Rococo ornament in London during the 1750s and 1760s. This design represents courting swans near crumbling masonry and is contained within a swooping frame adorned with leaves and a spouting dragon. It comes from a suite of six engraved designs for ornamental tablets intended to adorn the center of mantelpieces.

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