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    A dance of three girls; they are embracing and moving away, the one at centre looking over her shoulder Pen and grey ink and grey wash, over graphite

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    • 1755-1826
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    • Height: 109 millimetres
    • Width: 118 millimetres
  • Curator's comments

    This drawing appears to demonstrate Flaxman's infusing of a contemporary scene with a classical feeling, as the arrangement of the figures evokes the Three Graces.

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    • Binyon 104(a) bibliographic details
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    British Roy PIV

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    Prints & Drawings

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