Image of Gallery in South Kensington
On display at V&A South Kensington
British Galleries, Room 123

John Flaxman

Print
1827 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

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.

People
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.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Mezzotint, ink on paper
Brief Description
Mezzotint of John Flaxman after a painting by John Jackson, mezzotinted by Charles Turner, 1827
Physical Description
Mezzotint print on paper
Dimensions
  • Height: 51.4cm
  • Width: 36.5cm
Gallery Label
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)
Credit line
Bequeathed by the Rev. Chauncy Hare Townshend
Object history
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
Subjects depicted
Summary
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.

People
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.
Collection
Accession Number
23573

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record createdMarch 27, 2003
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