Fonthill: West Room Fireplace – Pickwick Papers

West Bedroom Fireplace, Pickwick Papers by Karl Graf. West Room Fireplace – Pickwick Papers

Canon 5D MkIII, EF17-40mm f/4L @ 32mm, f/11, 2 sec, ISO 400

Moving along the hallway from the Map Room, one encounters this “story board” fireplace in the West Room.  One of Mercer’s most popular tile types were “story tiles” , a set of tiles which told a story or a sequence of events.  Many of these were sold to private individuals throughout the country.  This mural depicts Charles Dickens’ Pickwick Papers.  Below are a couple of the individual tiles.  It looks like I will need to read Dickens’ work so I can tell the story behind the tiles.

West Bedroom Fireplace, Pickwick Papers by Karl Graf.      West Bedroom Fireplace, Pickwick Papers by Karl Graf.

Note the small hole in the middle of the tiles,  These are nail holes used to hold the tiles in place as they were being set into the mortar.

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