Richard C.R. Barder, The Georgian Bracket Clock 1714-1830, Woodbridge, 1993, p.60-1, pl.II/43.
John Stephen Rimbault is recorded in Great St Andrews Street, London between 1744-1785. He specialised in musical and automaton clocks. The painted scene on the present clock may be attributable to the artist Johann Zoffany (1733-1810), whom Rimbault employed after his arrival in England in 1760 as a decorative assistant to paint dials and automaton figures. Rimbault introduced Zoffany to the portrait painter Benjamin Wilson, who employed him at £40 to fill in draperies. His talent was subsequently recognized by David Garrick, for whom he painted pictures of actors on stage. He was later a founding member of the Royal Academy.