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John Flaxman (1755 - 1826), sculptor

Model for a statue of William Pitt the Younger


Museum number: M1087

Curatorial note

William Pitt served as Prime Minister during the French Revolution and the first decade of the Napoleonic Wars and was referred to by Gilbert Elliot-Murray-Kynymound, 1st Earl of Minto, as ‘the Atlas of our reeling globe’, likening him to the Greek god who holds the world on his shoulders . Pitt was also an early patron of Soane and instrumental in securing for him the position of Surveyor and Architect to the Bank of England in 1788.

This statue was designed by Flaxman for the City of Glasgow.


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

Associated objects

SDR16, same scheme
SC24, same scheme

If you have any further information about this object, please contact us: worksofart@soane.org.uk