1 of 22 portraits of John Flaxman
by John Flaxman
plaster cast of medallion, circa 1790-1795
5 7/8 in. (149 mm) diameter
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- John Flaxman (1755-1826), Sculptor. Sitter in 22 portraits, Artist associated with 14 portraits.
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- John Flaxman (1755-1826), Sculptor. Artist associated with 14 portraits, Sitter in 22 portraits.
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This plaster cast, done in Rome or in London soon after the sculptor's return in 1794, is also found in the form of a Wedgwood Jasper relief. In his early years, Flaxman was employed by Josiah Wedgwood to design cameos, friezes and portrait medallions. Although this roundel and its pair show him and his wife, they reveal much about the artist and his patron. The original wax portraits, from which these medallions were cast, were probably made while the Flaxmans lived in Rome under Wedgwood's sponsorship.
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Current affairsAttempts to modify the Test and Corporation Acts are defeated, despite campaigning by dissenters such as the prominent Unitarian preacher and pamphleteer, Richard Price. The Acts prevented those outside the established church from holding government or military office.
Art and scienceJoseph Mallord William Turner exhibits his first painting at the Royal Academy; a watercolour of The Archbishop's Palace, Lambeth.
The Firth to Clyde and Oxford to Birmingham canals are begun.