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John Flaxman (1755 - 1826), sculptor

Bas relief panel, ‘Mercury conveying Pandora to Epimetheus’ (see also M948)

Plaster

Museum number: SC46

Curatorial note

This panel illustrates Pandora brought to earth, a subject from the ancient Greek author Hesiod’s, Works and Days. Flaxman used this design as the inspiration for one of his line illustrations to Works and Days, published in 1817. Soane acquired two versions (the other, M948, is larger).

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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