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John Flaxman (1755-1826), Sculptor

Sitter in 22 portraits
Artist associated with 14 portraits
The leading Neo-classical sculptor in late eighteenth-century Britain, Flaxman worked first as a designer for Josiah Wedgwood who later financed his journey to study in Italy (1787-94). John Flaxman's seven-year stay in Rome transformed him from an obscure British designer and sculptor into a major international figure with a proven record in monumental sculpture and decorative design. His outline engravings of 1793-5 illustrating Homer and Dante won him an international reputation unmatched by any contemporary British artist. He was also appointed the Royal Academy's first Professor of Sculpture in 1810. He specialised in church monuments combining antique simplicity with fashionable sentiment.