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Figure - Seated youth with pan-pipes
  • Seated youth with pan-pipes
    Flaxman, John, born 1755 - died 1826
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Seated youth with pan-pipes

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1824 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Flaxman, John, born 1755 - died 1826 (sculptor)

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Sculpture, Room 22, The Dorothy and Michael Hintze Galleries, case 2

This terracotta sculpture depicting a seated youth with pan-pipes is attributed to John Flaxman and made in England in 1824. The exact purpose of this figure is unknown. It may have been made as a study in its own right, rather than as a model for a larger work. The attribution is based on a similar figure by Flaxman.

John Flaxman (1755-1826) as sculptor, designer and teacher was a major proponent of the neo-classical style in Britain, and his numerous church monuments and portrait busts exemplify the style he had absorbed in Rome, where he worked from 1787 to 1794. He was a member of the Royal Academy, and gave important lectures on sculpture there, in which he singled out Michelangelo and Canova as great sculptors, and disparaged Bernini and the baroque style. A large collection of his plaster models is held in the Strang Print Room, University College, London. He also made outline illustrations of Homer, Aeschylus and Dante. Many of those in his sketchbooks (now in the V&A) were drawn from the antique while he was in Italy. Furthermore he produced models for pottery and silver supplying the pottery manufacturer Josiah Wedgwood among others. He thus can be considered as an important pioneer in the development of Industrial Design.

Physical description

A nude youth sitting on the ground, clasping one knee, and holding a pan-pipes in his right hand.

Place of Origin

England (made)


ca. 1824 (made)


Flaxman, John, born 1755 - died 1826 (sculptor)

Materials and Techniques



Height: 24 cm

Object history note

Purchased from A. Copeland Esq. in 1877 for £30.

Descriptive line

Figure, terracotta, seated youth with pan-pipes, attributed to John Flaxman, English, ca. 1824

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

List of Objects in the Art Division, South Kensington, Acquired During the Year 1877, Arranged According to the Dates of Acquisition. London: Printed by George E. Eyre and William Spottiswoode for H.M.S.O., p. 46
Bilbey, Diane and Trusted Marjorie. British Sculpture 1470 to 2000. A Concise Catalogue of the Collection at the Victoria and Albert Museum. London, 2002, p. 82, cat. no. 112



Subjects depicted

Panpipe; Boy; Youth




Sculpture Collection

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