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John Flaxman (1755 - 1826), sculptor

‘Faith’, model for the monument to Georgiana, Countess Spencer, at St Mary's, Great Brington, Northamptonshire, c.1816

Plaster

Museum number: M967

Curatorial note

This model is the pair or companion to M961, the figure of Charity.

Margaret Georgiana Spencer, Countess Spencer (née Poyntz; 1737–1814), was an English philanthropist. She married John Spencer, one of the wealthiest men of the era, in 1754. One of her three surviving children was the notorious Georgiana Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire. The Spencers became Earl and Countess in 1765, a reward granted by the Duke of Newcastle for John's political loyalty to the Whig party.

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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