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)

Classifications: Prints, Ornament & Architecture

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.