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John Flaxman (1755 - 1826), sculptor

Model for a first sketch of a statue of John Philip Kemble

Height: 33cm
Diameter (bottom): 10.2cm

Museum number: SDR11

Curatorial note

This is the model for the statue of the great tragedian, John Philip Kemble, in Westminster Abbey, representing him as Cato, with Plato’s treatise on the Immortality of the Soul in his hand. The statue was carried out by John E Hinchcliffe after Flaxman’s death and exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1827. It was in the north transept of Westminster Abbey until 1865 when with the concurrence of his niece, Miss Fanny Kemble it was removed.


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