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Album finely bound (classical binding by M M Holloway, London) with a label on the banded spine 'ORIGINAL/DRAWINGS/BY/FLAXMAN' (kept in a chemise with metal clasp and 'FLAXMAN' on the front) containing 38 leaves with an autographed letter, 3 prints (portraits of Flaxman, one of them forming part of the titlepage design), and 55 drawings laid down, mainly figure studies and designs for monuments; also 9 blank leaves and red fixed and free endpapers; including designs for the monuments to the Rt Hon William Bingham at Bath Abbey(?), to Walter Long in Salisbury Cathedral(?), to Isaac Hawkins Browne at Trinity College Chapel (Cambridge), to Wm Collins and Rev Thomas Ball (Chichester Cathedral), to Sir Rowland Winn (Wragby Church, Yorkshire), to the Phillimore Monument (Coleman Street Church), studies of a statue at London University, studies of heads, nudes, battles, and portraits of Carolus, Alderanus the Bad and Albericus
Most sketches in pen and ink over graphite or with wash; others in graphite
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Height: 359 millimetres
Width: 519 millimetres (covers)
- Curator's comments
- The Ball monument in Chichester Cathedral (1784-1786) was commissioned by William Hayley in commemoration of his wife's parents, the Revd. and Mrs Thomas Ball. Hayley and Flaxman had been introduced by the painter George Romney, and following this first commission Hayley became an important patron for the sculptor. Flaxman, in his turn, then introduced William Blake to Hayley.
There is an armorial ex-libris of Hunter-Weston on the front fixed endpaper. The autographed letter [1926-11-15-25(4)] is from Flaxman to an acquaintance on the subject of an invitation to a funeral and is dated 25th April 1823. Another letter (unregistered) is tipped into the album, from Sir Edward J. Poynter to a collector enquiring about a possible loan of Flaxman drawings for an exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts, London.
A list of the contents is in the register.
The album is annotated in later hand(s), and includes a reference to the fact that one drawing is from the collection of Wm Young Ottley [1926-11-15-25(59)].
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1980, BM, 'British Figure Drawings' (no.cat) (nos. 25 and 26 shown)
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- Prints and Drawings
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