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John Flaxman (1755 - 1826), sculptor

‘Kemble crowned by Melpomene’ [the Muse of Tragedy], c.1817

Plaster relief, glazed

Height: 22cm
Width: 20cm
Depth: 2.5cm

Museum number: BR27

Curatorial note

Bas-relief of two standing figures. The Muse, left, holds a mask under her right arm and is in the act of crowning Kemble, right, with a laurel wreath. As BR25 this is a cast of a relief on the vase presented to the great actor John Phillip Kemble on his retirement from the stage in 1817.

This small relief is in a frame glazed with yellow glass and set into the Breakfast Room chimneypiece (see also BR25, BR26).

Literature

Helen Dorey ‘Soane and Flaxman’ in Flaxman: Master of the Purest Line, Exhibition Catalogue, Sir John Soane’s Museum 2003

Associated objects

BR26, displayed together
BR25, displayed together
O5108, related material


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