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Print - John Flaxman
  • John Flaxman
    Jackson, John RA, born 1778 - died 1831
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John Flaxman

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    London (published)

  • Date:

    1827 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Jackson, John RA, born 1778 - died 1831 (artist)
    Turner, Charles ARA, born 1774 - died 1857 (printmaker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Mezzotint, ink on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by the Rev. Chauncy Hare Townshend

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    British Galleries, Room 123, case 10

Object Type
This is a print, produced using the mezzotint technique. This involves roughening the surface of a metal plate and then selectively smoothing it down to create the highlights on the print. The plate is then inked and the ink held in the indentations transferred onto a sheet of paper.

Chauncey Hare Townshend (1798-1868) was a wealthy gentleman and an avid traveller, and was keenly interested in the arts. He was described by The Times on his death as 'a collector of rare judgement and exquisite taste'. During his lifetime he built up a large and varied collection which included paintings, prints, photographs, drawings, books, gemstones, cameos and intaglios.

Subjects Depicted
This print is a portrait of the sculptor John Flaxman (1755-1826), the most famous English Neo-classical sculptor of the late 18th and early 19th centuries. He specialised in producing monumental sculpture and became noted for the piety and humanity of his church monuments.

Physical description

Mezzotint print on paper

Place of Origin

London (published)


1827 (made)


Jackson, John RA, born 1778 - died 1831 (artist)
Turner, Charles ARA, born 1774 - died 1857 (printmaker)

Materials and Techniques

Mezzotint, ink on paper


Height: 51.4 cm, Width: 36.5 cm

Object history note

After a painting by John Jackson (born in Lastingham, North Yorkshire, 1778, died in London, 1831); mezzotinted by Charles Turner (born in Woodstock, Oxfordshire, 1774, died in London, 1857); published in London

Descriptive line

Mezzotint of John Flaxman after a painting by John Jackson, mezzotinted by Charles Turner, 1827

Labels and date

British Galleries:
This print of the sculptor John Flaxman (1755-1826) was part of the remarkable collection owned by the Reverend Chauncy Hare Townshend (1798-1868), who collected paintings, watercolours, prints, photographs, books and precious stones. He bequeathed his collection to the South Kensington Museum on his death in 1868. [27/03/2003]

Subjects depicted

Portraits; Men


Prints; Portraits


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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