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Fire back

Fire back

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1650 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Cast iron

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Cast iron fireback, with St. George and the Dragon.

Place of Origin

England (made)


ca. 1650 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Cast iron

Marks and inscriptions

Hagiographical / ornamental. St. George and the Dragon / 2 Cupid and Palms


Height: 705 mm, Width: 610 mm, Depth: 25 mm

Descriptive line

Fireback, showing St George and the Dragon, cast iron, 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

Cast iron
England; c. 1650

With St George and the Dragon, often used as a reference to the Triumph of Christianity over Paganism. The design was probably produced in England, but Dutch models may well have inspired the central image and arched top.

Museum No. 797-1899 [07/1994]


Cast iron


Forging (metal forming)

Subjects depicted

Dragon; Palm; Cupid


Metalwork; Ironwork


Metalwork Collection

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