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Sir John Soane; John Flaxman

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Sir John Soane; John Flaxman, by Thomas Cooley, 1810 -NPG 4913b - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Regency Portraits Catalogue

Sir John Soane; John Flaxman

by Thomas Cooley
8 1/2 in. x 5 in. (216 mm x 127 mm)
NPG 4913b

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Inscribed in pencil across the back of his lecture notes: Mr Soane RA/a Professor of/Architecture.
Below on the same sheet is a drawing of Flaxman, inscribed in pencil:
Mr Flaxman R.A./a Professor of Sculpture
The sheet is signed lower right: T. Cooley. Royal Academy/London 1810.

This portraitback to top

In 1810 Soane's elaborately illustrated lectures at the RA were temporarily suspended following his criticism in the fourth lecture of Smirke's misuse of the Doric Order in his Covent Garden Theatre. Cooley's drawing was done shortly before the suspension.

Provenanceback to top

Bought from the Neptune Gallery, Dublin, 1972.

This extended catalogue entry is from the out-of-print National Portrait Gallery collection catalogue: Richard Walker, Regency Portraits, National Portrait Gallery, 1985, and is as published then. For the most up-to-date details on individual Collection works, we recommend reading the information provided in the Search the Collection results on this website in parallel with this text.

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