Artist: Thomas Johnson (British, 1714–1778)
Medium: Crayon manner and stipple engraving
Dimensions: sheet: 8 x 13 1/16 in. (20.3 x 33.2 cm)
Credit Line: Gift of Harvey Smith, 1985
Accession Number: 1985.1099
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.