Mechanical Compositions

Musical picture clock

    Musical picture clock

    Great Britain, Birmingham

    early 19th century

    Thomas Brown

    Metal, glass, wood, gold leaf; oil painting

    49 x 36 x 19 cm

    On clock movement "Thos. Brown, Birmingham No.48079"; handwritten inscription inside the case: "267/Feb. 9"


    Oil-on-metal picture within a painted oval with gilt spandrels, depicting a rural scene of figures in a horse drawn cart passing by a church with a windmill on a nearby hill and a river in the distance, the clock fitted in the church tower is driven by a fusee and chain movement signed Thos. Brown, Birmingham No.48079 with verge escapement and ivory pull-wind wheel, the movement connected to the windmill and causing the sails to revolve.