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Illustration to "The Pilgrim's Progress" by John Bunyan; Mercy fainting at the wicket gate - figure of Goodwill opening door and finding Mercy lying on ground. 1792
Pen and grey ink
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Height: 201 millimetres
Width: 240 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- As David Irwin pointed out, the high level of finish of this outline drawing means that it could have been cut without alteration on a copper plate (Irwin, 1979, p. 108). Again, compared to some of the more preparatory sketches for "The Pilgrim's Progress" in the BM, hatching has been kept to a minimum and large areas of empty space left. The economical use of lines suggesting the drapery and thus anatomy of the figures links this with the many drapery studies Flaxman made in Rome, as well as his later lectures as Professor of Sculpture at the Royal Academy (from 1810 onwards) in which he talked frequently of the flow and fall of drapery, using illustrations as examples.
These drawings were not engraved.
For further information about Flaxman's designs for "The Pilgrim's Progress" see the curatorial comment to 1862,0308.17.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1972 Sep-Nov, Council of Europe, London, 'Age of Neo-classicism', no.563
- Associated titles
Associated Title: Pilgrim's Progress
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