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John Flaxman (1755 - 1826), sculptor

Statuette of Raphael, plaster

Museum number: M1485

Curatorial note

Flaxman made statuettes of Michelangelo (see M1484) and Raphael for Sir Thomas Lawrence and exhibited a pair of plaster models for them, perhaps this pair, at the Royal Academy in 1826. The figures were placed in the Dome area in this position to associate Flaxman with his contemporary Sir Francis Chantrey, who sculpted the bust of Soane just above (M931). A subtle reference to Lawrence is included in the arrangement, with a bust of him (M695) placed high up behind the bust of Soane. The arrangement brings together Michelangelo, Raphael, Flaxman, Chantrey, Soane and Lawrence to symbolise the ‘union of the arts’ which Soane wanted his Museum to represent.


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