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John Flaxman (1755 - 1826), sculptor
Bas relief panel, ‘Mercury conveying Pandora to Epimetheus’ (see also M948)
Museum number: SC46
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).
Helen Dorey ‘Soane and Flaxman’ in Flaxman: Master of the Purest Line, Exhibition Catalogue, Sir John Soane’s Museum 2003
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