About this artwork
Elnathan Taber apprenticed with a member of the Willard family clockmakers of Roxbury, who dominated the clock-making industry at the turn of the 18th century. In 1801 Simon Willard patented a timepiece that hung on the wall and featured an eight-day movement with pendulum and a weight. This wall clock is also known as a banjo clock because of its shape. The painter of the glass panels is unknown but shows an unusual sophistication and subject matter. Classically-inspired themes such as these figures with a temple in the background allude to the early American republic’s self-conscious affinity with the power and democratic values of the earlier Roman republic. The timepiece was originally owned by Edward Toppan of Boston and Newburyport.
- Elnathan Taber
- c. 1802–1805
- Gilt mahogany and white pine, painted glass, gesso, iron, steel, and brass
- 109.2 cm (43 in.)
- Restricted gift of Mrs. Herbert A. Vance