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A mantel clock representing an incident in the struggle between the Sabines and the Romans and an interpretation of Jacques-Louis David's painting when the Sabine women intervene to reconcile the warring parties. Romulus, to the right, is poised to hurl h

Extraordinary timepieces dating from 1630-1830

Alexander Cumming (1733-1814)

Floor Standing Clock and Barograph 1763-65

RCIN 2752

Ministers' Landing & Staircase, Buckingham Palace

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In the early part of his reign, George III sought to furnish Buckingham House (now Palace) with the finest horological and scientific instruments of the day.  This barometrical clock – which records air pressure against time – was among them, and is exceptional for its mechanical complexity.  It is nevertheless also distinguished by the richness of its oak case, which incorporates bronze ornaments in the shape of lion masks and military trophies.  The barograph was made by the Scot Alexander Cumming (c.1732-1814), and cost George III the large sum of £1,178.  Cumming was also paid an annual fee for maintaining the clock.