Saturday, 10 June 2017

Drawing of a Monument by Grinling Gibbons

Grinling Gibbons - Design for a Funeral Monument
to William III and Mary 
Drawing in the Victoria and Albert Museum.

Design for a monument for King William III and Queen Mary II; Baroque triumphal arch with statues of the King and Queen on a pedestal behind a sarcophagus, with Corinthian columns in front of which stand figures symbolizing Hope, Justice, Truth and Charity Pen and brown ink with wash

An unused design for a Monument to King William III (d. 1702) and Queen Mary.
With the mourning of Brittania and two two female attendants.

Pen and Ink  and Brown Washes
419 x 312 mm.

circa 1702.

With the figures of Hope, Justice and Prudence and Charity.

Note - 2 relifs of St George and the dragon in the entablature

A simplified version was used for the monument to Ist Duke of Beaufort (1629 - 1700) formerly in the St George's Chapel at Windsor and moved to the Church at Badminton in 1875.

Grinling Gibbons reused the design for the figures in a drawing prepared for the decoration of the saloon at Blenheimnow at the Bodleian Library.

The figures of Justice and Prudence at Badminton were taken down some time ago but it is hoped they will return.

Info. and Image from British Museum.

I have photographs of the monuments at Badminton and hopefully will be able to publish them in due course.

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