Lot 808


JOHN FLAXMAN (1755-1826), BRITISH
ANTHONY’S ORATION / THE DEATH OF JULIUS CAESAR, CIRCA 1768

Pencil and watercolour wash en grisaille signed and titled “Anthony’s Oration / Death of Jul: Caesar” along the bottom edge

8.75 x 13.25 in — 22.2 x 33.7 cm

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


Exhibited:
“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

Note:
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”.


Estimate: $3,000—5,000


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