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John Flaxman (1755 - 1826), sculptor
Cast from a bust of the late John Philip Kemble, c.1826
Museum number: M1143
This cast was probably prepared in connection with the monument to Kemble (who had died in 1823) in Westminster Abbey, on which Flaxman was working at the time of his death in 1826. Soane had the opportunity to select any works he wanted from Flaxman’s studio, and chose this amongst a number of others depicting famous contemporaries. In his lifetime this cast was displayed in the Colonnade at the back of the Museum.
Helen Dorey ‘Soane and Flaxman’ in Flaxman: Master of the Purest Line, Exhibition Catalogue, Sir John Soane’s Museum 2003
'The Cloud-Capped Towers': Shakespeare in Soane's Architectural Imagination, Sir John Soane's Museum, London, 21 April - 8 October 2016
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