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John Flaxman (1755 - 1826), sculptor

Bas relief model, ‘Mercury conveying Pandora to Epimetheus’ (see also SC46).

Plaster

Museum number: M948

Curatorial note

This panel illustrates Pandora brought to earth, a subject from the ancient Greek author Hesiod’s, Works and Days. Flaxman used this panel as the inspiration for one of his line illustrations to Works and Days, published in 1817. Soane acquired two versions (the other, SC46 much smaller).

Literature

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


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