Manuscript items of John Flaxman, comprising his journal, kept by him in Naples in 1788, consisting of manuscript text and drawings; and a commonplace book containing manuscript notes on sculpture and art and some pencil and ink sketches.
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- ReferenceGB 103 MS FLAXMAN
- Dates of Creation1788
- Name of Creator
- Language of MaterialEnglish
- Physical Description2 volumes; 1 folder
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Administrative / Biographical History
Flaxman was born in York on 6 July 1755. He was a sickly child, but showed a great aptitude for drawing. He spent his early life in London and attended the Academy Schools. He became known as a sculptor and draughtsman, with interests in art, architecture, engineering, construction, naval architecture and surveying. In 1787 he fulfilled a cherished ambition of travelling to Rome where he stayed until 1794, when he returned to London, a famous artist. In 1810 he was appointed Professor of Sculpture in the Academy. He died in 1826.
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The journal was presented in 1865 by Henry Vaughan, and the book in 1921 by Sir Alexander Gibb.
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Includes a typescript of the main text of the journal.
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