Categories: Tapestries |

Fire, one of the Soho ‘Elements’ tapestries, by John Vanderbank, after Charles Le Brun, circa 1685.

The element Fire, depicting Jupiter, with Vulcan at his forge surrounded by armour, the borders depicting products of the forge: arms, armour and martial trophies; the side borders with oblong views of the South Front of Burghley and Wothorpe and corner roundels with appropriate emblems. The top border has the arms of the 5th Earl and Countess and the bottom one a Latin text relative to fire, signed FH, both supported by salamanders. The weaver’s mark IVdb. 13ft 4in high by 8ft 9in wide.

The 1688 Burghley Inventory records: p.39 – The Wardrobe ‘3 peices of ye Ellements Tapistry hangings, by Vanderbanc’.


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