John Flaxman (1755-1826)


Flaxman studied at the Royal Academy Schools from 1769, and in 1775 became a designer for Wedgwood. From 1887-94 he directed Wedgwood's studio in Rome. While there, he produced several large sculptural groups. He also started designing for book illustrations, including for the Iliad, the Odyssey and Dante's Divine Comedy. He became the Royal Academy's first Professor of Sculpture (1810-1826). Sculpture by Flaxman can be seen in Westminster Abbey (Burns, Kemble, Mansfield) and St. Paul's Cathedral (Nelson), and one or two pieces in many large churches and cathedrals - six are in Chichester Cathedral. He is also well known for his Wedgwood designs.

A Wedgwood Venus by Flaxman.

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