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Principles of the folds of drapery; four sketches: 832/7.f.47

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Principles of the folds of drapery; four sketches
Drapery: continuation of recto; axioms


Flaxman, John (Draughtsman)

Acquisition and important dates

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

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Grey ink

Components of the work

Support: composed of laid paper Leaf: Height 230 mm Width 169 mm
Recto: Verso:

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: 47
  • Location: Recto, upper right corner
  • Method of creation: Graphite

Inscription present: the sketches are variously numbered from 1-6; the following in grey ink: [i] three preceding words crossed through; [ii] four preceding words crossed through, following word above the line; [iii] preceding word crossed throug, following word above the line; [iv] two preceding words crossed through

  • Text: they being most[i] their forms being most suited to the / conveniencec of the human figures, shew it to display[ii] contain / all the variety[iii] principles of beautiful folds to be found in any / other dress / Principles Of[iv] The Folds / of Drapery / Folds of Drapery are / either direct as 1 or / Curve-linear as 2.
  • Location: Recto
  • Method of creation: Grey ink

Inscription present: the following in grey ink: preceding word crossed through, following three above line; [ii] preceding word crossed through; [iii] preceding word crossed through

  • Text: The Ends or joints of folds are of two kinds / A Hollow with a circular end as 3 / A Round[i] half Tubical form ending against a hollow / at right angles as 4 / All other forms of the joints or insertions / of the folds of Drapery are compounds of the / foregoing two as 5, 6, &c / Axioms / 1 Direct[ii] Perpendicular & Direct folds / proceed from a projecting point / 2 Curve-linear folds proceed from two / projecting points / 3 Joints of folds are the bending or ending thereof / 4 The Strongest folds are in the Vo[iii] hollows / of the figure
  • Location: Verso
  • Method of creation: Grey ink

Identification numbers

Accession number: 832/7.f.47
Primary reference Number: 38762
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 20 May 2021 Last processed: Friday 21 May 2021

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

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