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John Flaxman (1755 - 1826), sculptor

Bas relief of a Grecian feast


Height: 39.4cm
Width: 134.6cm

Museum number: SC28

Curatorial note

This is Flaxman's model for a chimneypiece frieze for the Dining Room at the Grange, Hampshire (designed by the architect Charles Robert Cockerell) in around 1822. Cockerell designed the lintel, on which Alexander Baring, his client at The Grange, refused to spend more than £150. Cockerell sent a pupil to consult Flaxman as to what the cost would be for the frieze, to which the scuptor replied that it would 'cost all that money'. Cockerell described the source of the design explaining, 'I have attempted (though very lamely) a sketch from Millingen's vases and some tracings of mine in Italy'. The design was also used for another fireplace at Buckingham Palace.

In 2012 this sculpture was reinstated in its original position in the recreated Tivoli Recess as part of Phase 2 of the Opening up the Soane restoration project.


Helen Dorey ‘Soane and Flaxman’ in Flaxman: Master of the Purest Line, Exhibition Catalogue, Sir John Soane’s Museum 2003
Richard Osborne, The Grange Hampshire, 2012, p.78-79 (ill.p.79)

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