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FLAXMAN, John (1755--1826)
Compositions from the tragedies of Æschylus, designed by John Flaxman, engraved by Thomas Piroli, and Frank Howard.
London: by Mrs Flaxman, and Mrs Maria Denman, publish'd April 15th. 1831,
36 pl. ; 28.4 cm. x 45.4 cm. (oblong 2°)

First published in 1795 in Rome and London, consisting of 31 plates engraved by Thomas Piroli. 16 plates copied by a German engraver were published in Hamburg in 1802 and a title and 30 plates by a French engraver were published in Paris in 1803. A title and 30 plates engraved by Piroli were published in Rome(?) in 1818. The 36 plates by Piroli and Frank Howard published in London in 1831 include two title-plates with variant figures; 4 of the plates (pl. 4, 10, 12, 23) are signed by Howard, the others are all unsigned. The thirty-four illustrations comprise six for Prometheus, six for Suppliants, four for Seven Chiefs, four for Agamemnon, five for Choephorœ; five for Furies, four for Persians. Flaxman's outline illustrations for ancient Greek authors and Dante (q.v.) 'in the style of antient art' were influential throughout Europe and often reprinted.

Copy Notes Bound (3) with Flaxman's Iliad of Homer, 1805 (q.v.) and Odyssey of Homer, 1805 (q.v.). A draft of a note from Soane dated 11 March 1831 regarding a copy of Flaxman's Compositions of the Acts of mercy (q.v.) notes his desire to be favoured with the / Æschylus as soon as ready. (Priv. Corr. XVI.F.91).

Binding C19th diced calf, gilt and blind roll-tooled borders, maroon spine label gilt lettered 'Flaxman's Homer & Æschylus'. The binding executed by Edwin Hutchinson for 19s. on 2 July 1831. (Priv. Corr. XVI.E.7.16 bookbinding).

Reference Number 4122


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