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Amphion and Zethus Delivering their Mother Antiope from the Fury of Dirce and Lycus

A work made of pen and gray ink and brush and gray wash, over graphite, on gray laid paper, laid down on ivory wove paper.
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  • A work made of pen and gray ink and brush and gray wash, over graphite, on gray laid paper, laid down on ivory wove paper.

Date:

1789

Artist:

John Flaxman
English, 1755-1826

About this artwork

A British sculptor and draughtsman who created figural designs for famed ceramicist Josiah Wedgwood, John Flaxman had a taste for the Neoclassical, which led him to Rome in 1787. While in the Eternal City, Flaxman produced this study for a nine-by-five-foot bas-relief using several references from ancient Roman sculpture. The drawing exhibits Flaxman’s signature elegance in figural outlines. However, Flaxman felt the project was inadequate to establish his reputation as a sculptor, so he abandoned it and later reused two of the figures from this drawing in a different context.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Prints and Drawings

Artist

John Flaxman

Title

Amphion and Zethus Delivering their Mother Antiope from the Fury of Dirce and Lycus

Origin

England

Date

1789

Medium

Pen and gray ink and brush and gray wash, over graphite, on gray laid paper, laid down on ivory wove paper

Inscriptions

Signed, inscribed, and dated lower left, in pen and gray-brown ink: "Flaxman, Roma 1789"

Dimensions

161 × 292 mm (primary support); 233 × 357 mm (secondary support)

Credit Line

Gift of Dorothy Braude Edinburg to the Harry B. and Bessie K. Braude Memorial Collection

Reference Number

2013.939

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