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FLAXMAN, John (1755--1826)
[Compositions of the Acts of mercy]
Under the patronage of His Majesty, compositions of the "Acts of Mercy", drawn by the late John Flaxman Esqre. R.A.P.S. 1 Instruct the ignorant. 2 Feed the hungry. 3 Clothe the naked. 4 Visit the sick. 5 Comfort the afflicted. 6 Go to the house of mourning. 7 Comfort the fatherless & widow. 8 Deliver the captive. Engraved by F.C. Lewis, engraver of drawings, to the King.
London: published ... by Miss Flaxman, & Miss Maria Denman, 74, Upper Norton St. Fitzroy Sqre., 1831.
Engr. t.-pl., [8] aquat. pl. ; 57.5 cm. (2°)

Frederick Christian Lewis (1779--1856) was engraver of drawings to Princess Charlotte, Prince Leopold, George IV, William IV, and Queen Victoria. The drawing for 'Instruct The Ignorant' appears to have been the basis of his monument for Abraham Balme in Bradford Cathedral. See David Bindman (ed.), John Flaxman 1755--1826: master of the purest line, exh. cat., Soane Museum (London 2003), cat. no. 15.

Copy Notes Mary Anne Flaxman, the sculptor's sister, wrote to Soane on 21 February 1831 enclosing two versions of the 'Acts of Mercy' for Soane's consideration, with a price list. (Priv. Corr. I.F.5.9). A payment of £2 12s. 6d. is recorded on 5 March 1831 (SNB); on 11 March Soane returned the Copy of "The Acts of Mercy" which was retained by mistake / it having been his intention to have kept the / Copy on India Paper and will therefore feel obliged / by having that copy returned by the bearer (Priv. Corr. XVI.F.91). See Helen Dorey, 'Flaxman and Soane' in Bindman (ed.), op. cit., pp. 25--35. (p. 27 and n.31).

Binding C19th quarter maroon cloth, green paper boards.

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