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Relief - A Child (probably the artist's sister, Mary Ann)
  • A Child (probably the artist's sister, Mary Ann)
    Flaxman, John, born 1755 - died 1826
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A Child (probably the artist's sister, Mary Ann)

  • Object:

    Relief

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1772 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Wax

  • Museum number:

    295-1864

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This wax model is made by John Flaxman in England in 1772.

The child depicted is said to be Flaxman's sister Mary Ann, who was four years old at the time. Flaxman made this when he was 18 years old.

John Flaxman (1755-1826) was an English sculptor, designer and teacher. He was the most famous English Neo-classical sculptor of the late 18th century and the early 19th. He focused on monumental sculpture and church monuments and portrait busts. 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

Full length figure, seated, of a female child holding a doll.

Place of Origin

England (made)

Date

1772 (made)

Artist/maker

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

Materials and Techniques

Wax

Dimensions

Height: 12.5 in including frame, Width: 11.5 in including frame

Historical context note

The child depicted is said to be Flaxman's sister Mary Ann, who was four years old at the time. Flaxman made this when he was 18 years old.

Descriptive line

Wax model, A Child, by John Flaxman (1755-1826), English, dated 1772

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

Whinney, Margaret Dickens and Physick, John Frederick. Sculpture in Britain, 1530 to 1830. 2nd (integrated) ed. London : Penguin Books, 1988, p.338.
Inventory of Art Objects Acquired in the Year 1864 In: Inventory of the Objects in the Art Division of the Museum at South Kensington, Arranged According to the Dates of their Acquisition. Vol I. London: Printed by George E. Eyre and William Spottiswoode for H.M.S.O., 1868, p. 48
Trusted, Marjorie, ed. The Making of Sculpture. The Materials and Techniques of European Sculpture. London: 2007, p. 30, pl. 39
Yarrington, A. 'Art in the Dark: Viewing and Exhibiting Sculpture at Somerset House'. In: Solkin, D. (ed.), Art on the Line: The Royal Academy Exhibitions at Somerset House 1780-1836, London, 2001, p. 174 and fig. 143

Materials

Wax

Subjects depicted

Children (people by age group)

Categories

Portraits; Sculpture; Reliefs

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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