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Draughtsman: Flaxman, John


Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1916-12) by Murray, Charles Fairfax

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Materials used in production

Brown ink

Components of the work

Support composed of laid paper
Leaf Height 230 mm Width 169 mm

Techniques used in production

Handwriting : Pen and brown ink

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: 44
  • Location: Upper right corner
  • Method of creation: Graphite
  • Text: Drapery
  • Location: Recto, upper centre
  • Method of creation: Graphite

Inscription present: the following in brown ink: [i] preceding word crossed through, following above the line; [ii] preceding four lines crossed through; [iii] preceding word crossed through; [iv] preceding two lines crossed through

  • Text: The first requisite in a Drapery is that the / a Garment of a determined form, should be disposed / on the living figure[i] or lay-figure + as the Palliam / Tum[?] & c.[ii] / Note continued / Some Artists of the 16th Century have studies / their draperies from paper hung on their lay-figures / but this practice is too far removed[iii] from Truth & / too ridiculous to need any comment. these & similar errors are the consequence / of a weak judgment, they reflect disgrace on the / professors, they tend to the destruction of Art & / to the oblivion of Knowledge / + It has been the defects of modern Art that its works / Drapery has been very imperfectly Studied[iv]
  • Location: Recto
  • Method of creation: Brown ink

Inscription present: the following in brown ink: [i] preceding six words crossed through; [ii] preceding word crossed through; [iii] preceding three words crossed through

  • Text: Drapery / The Drapery of a figure, is its garment or cloathing / as the Palliam, Tunica &c / A Garment fit for representa usefully conveniently properly[i] disposed / will always[ii] account for the figure underneath / In a garment so disposed the folds will / always be beauti[iii] Natural & Beautiful / Garments most convenient to / the Human figure are as follows[iv]
  • Location: Verso
  • Method of creation: Brown ink
  • Text: Pallium Chlamys
  • Location: Verso, bottom
  • Method of creation: Grey ink

Identification numbers

Accession number: 832/7.f.44
Primary reference Number: 38754
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 20 May 2021 Last processed: Tuesday 13 June 2023

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Paintings, Drawings and Prints

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