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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.

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3112

Edward Oram

by John Flaxman
pencil, circa 1780
NPG 3112

2488

Anne Flaxman (née Denman)

by John Flaxman
plaster cast of medallion, circa 1790-1795
On display on Floor 2: Portraits Tell Stories at Beningbrough Hall
NPG 2488

2487

John Flaxman

by John Flaxman
plaster cast of medallion, circa 1790-1795
On display on Floor 2: Portraits Tell Stories at Beningbrough Hall
NPG 2487

1096

Thomas Stothard

by John Flaxman
pencil, circa 1800
NPG 1096

D17606

Susan Mary Farington (née Hamond)

by Henry Bone, after John Flaxman
pen and ink, 1805 (after 1800)
NPG D17606

D38207

William Murray, 1st Earl of Mansfield ('A Monumental Group')

by James Godby, printed by Hayward, published by Longman & Co, published by Josiah Taylor, published by William Bond, after Robert William Satchwell, after John Flaxman
stipple engraving, published 20 January 1812
NPG D38207

D6845

George Steevens

by George Cooke, published by John Bowyer Nichols, after a monument by John Flaxman
line engraving, published 1 March 1828
NPG D6845

D21785

William Gunn

by Richard James Lane, printed by M & N Hanhart, after John Flaxman
lithograph, 1841
NPG D21785

D6842

George Steevens

by George Cooke, after a monument by John Flaxman
line engraving, published 1812
NPG D6842

D6843

George Steevens

by George Cooke, after a monument by John Flaxman
line engraving, published 1812
NPG D6843

D6844

George Steevens

by George Cooke, after a monument by John Flaxman
line engraving, published 1812
NPG D6844

D36965

John Flaxman

by M. de Clauson, after John Flaxman
etching, published 1833 (1779)
NPG D36965

D36966

John Flaxman

by M. de Clauson, published by M.A. Nattali, after John Flaxman
etching, published 1833 (1779)
NPG D36966

D36967

John Flaxman

by M. de Clauson, published by M.A. Nattali, after John Flaxman
etching, published 1833 (1779)
NPG D36967

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