Flaxman Volumes

Scope and Content

Flaxman's journal, kept by him in Naples in 1788, consisting of manuscript text and drawings. A typescript of the main text is included. Common place book containing manuscript notes on sculpture and art and some pencil and ink sketches.

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 great 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. He returned to London in 1794, a famous artist. In 1810 he was appointed Professor of Sculpture in the Academy. He died in 1826.

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Acquisition Information

The journal was presented in 1865 by Henry Vaughan, and the book in 1921 by Sir Alexander Gibb.

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