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Fireback

Fireback

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1650 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Cast iron

  • Museum number:

    889-1901

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Cast iron fireback depicting the New Testament story of St Paul on Malta, shaking the viper from his hand into the fire (Acts, chapter 28, verses 3-6).

Place of Origin

England (made)

Date

ca. 1650 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Cast iron

Dimensions

Height: 425 mm, Width: 570 mm, Depth: 30 mm

Descriptive line

Fireback depicting St Paul on Malta shaking the viper from his hand into the fire, cast iron, made in England, ca. 1650

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

Butterfield, W. Ruskin. Old Wealden Firebacks. The Connoisseur. Dec. 1916. pp.197-206.
Lloyd, N. Domestic Ironwork. I. Firebacks. Archaeological Review. LVIII, 1925. pp.58-67.
Starkie Gardner, J. Iron Casting in the Weald. Archaeologie. LVI, May 12th 1898. pp.133-164.

Labels and date

FIREBACK
Cast iron
England; c. 1650

With the New Testament story of St Paul on Malta, shaking the viper from his hand into the fire (Acts, chapter 28, verses 3-6). The same story is depicted on another fireback on this wall (Museum No. M.119-1984).

Museum No. 889-1901 [07/1994]

Materials

Cast iron

Techniques

Casting

Subjects depicted

Snakes

Categories

Metalwork; Ironwork; Religion; Christianity

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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