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John Flaxman, bust of John Philiip Kemble, plaster. SM M1143. ©A.C. Cooper (Colour) Ltd

John Flaxman (1755 - 1826), sculptor

Cast from a bust of the late John Philip Kemble, c.1826

Plaster cast

Museum number: M1143

Curatorial note

This cast was probably prepared in connection with the monument to Kemble (who 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

Exhibition history

'The Cloud-Capped Towers': Shakespeare in Soane's Architectural Imagination, Sir John Soane's Museum, London, 21 April - 8 October 2016

Associated objects

M303, same subject
P99, same subject
SDR11, same subject
BR25, same subject
BR27, same subject

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