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Flaxman, Cupid, SM SC33. Photograph taken July 1948. ©A.C. Cooper (Colour) Ltd

John Flaxman (1755 - 1826), sculptor

Model, ‘Cupid’

c.1824

Plaster

Height: 32cm
Width: 20cm
Depth: 22cm

Museum number: SC33

Curatorial note

Nude, winged, figure of a boy, seated on the ground, with his chin on his right arm which rests across his knees. On a circular moulded base.

This and the companion figure of Psyche (SC34) were executed in marble for Samuel Rogers and the marbles were in his collection in 1836. There is cast of “Cupid” in the Victoria and Albert Museum.

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

Literature

Helen Dorey ‘Soane and Flaxman’ in Flaxman: Master of the Purest Line, Exhibition Catalogue, Sir John Soane’s Museum 2003
Constable, p.96
Soane, Description, 1836, p.84

Associated objects

SC34, pair


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