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LOT 808

Lot 808

John Flaxman (1755-1826)

John Flaxman (1755-1826)
Lot 808 Details
John Flaxman (1755-1826), British


Pencil and watercolour wash en grisaille; signed and titled “Anthony’s Oration / Death of Jul: Caesar” along the bottom edge
Sheet 8.7 x 13.4 in — 22 x 34 cm

Estimate $3,000-$5,000

Realised: $26,400
Price Includes Buyer's Premium ?

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John Flaxman (1755-1826)
  • John Flaxman (1755-1826)
  • John Flaxman (1755-1826)

Christopher Powney, Dealer in Drawings, London, UK;
From whom purchased by the Private Collection, Hamilton, Ontario in 1981


“John Flaxman”, 10 March – 9 April, 1976, Exhibition Presented by Christopher Powney and Gallery, London, “Designs for Sculpture and Metal Work”, Cat. No. 40, illustrated;
Royal Academy of Arts Exhibition, “John Flaxman”, 1979, Cat. No. 6, illustrated


In the catalogue for the below exhibition, “Designs for Sculpture and Metal Work”, a note accompanying entry no. 40 states the following:

“This is a design for a lost plaque entitled ‘Death of Julius Caesar’ which was exhibited at the Royal Society of Arts in 1768 (No. 147) when Flaxman was thirteen years old. The figure in the right foreground is certainly a self portrait. Earlier drawings by Flaxman are recorded but this is the earliest surviving example”.


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LOT 808

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