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John Flaxman (1755 - 1826), sculptor

Model, ‘Adam and Eve in Paradise’

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Museum number: M959

Curatorial note

This small relief by Soane’s friend, the celebrated sculptor John Flaxman, along with another the same size, ‘Satan fleeing from the angels Gabriel and Ithuriel' (M965), depicts a scene from John Milton's Paradise Lost. In his Royal Academy lectures, Flaxman urged sculptors to take subjects from this celebrated epic poem.

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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