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Fireback

Fireback

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1606 (dated)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Cast iron

  • Museum number:

    M.344-1926

  • Gallery location:

    Ironwork, Room 113, case WN

Physical description

Cast iron fireback with the arms of the Francis family of Derbyshire, dated 1606.

Place of Origin

England (made)

Date

1606 (dated)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Cast iron

Dimensions

Height: 74 cm, Width: 68 cm, Depth: 4 cm

Object history note

The fireback probably specifically relates to Sir Edward Francis, who, as seneschal to the 9th Earl of Northumberland at Petworth in Sussex, took over the running of the estate there in 1606 when his master was committed to the Tower of London because of his implication in the Gunpowder Plot [information from Jeremy Hodginson, 2013].

Descriptive line

Fireback with the arms of the Francis family of Derbyshire, cast iron, made in England, dated 1606.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Lloyd, N. Domestic Ironwork. I. Firebacks. Archaeological Review. LVIII, 1925. pp.58-67.
fig. 217, pp. 159, 250
Hodgkinson, Jeremy. British Cast-Iron Firebacks of the 16th to Mid-18th Centuries. Crawley: HodgersBooks. 2010

Labels and date

FIREBACK
Cast iron
England; dated 1606

With the arms of the Francis family of Derbyshire.

Museum no. M.344-1926 [07/1994]

Materials

Cast iron

Techniques

Casting

Subjects depicted

Coats of arms

Categories

Metalwork; Ironwork

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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