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Principles of the folds of drapery; woolen drapery; linen: 832/7.f.48

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Principles of the folds of drapery; woolen drapery; linen
Drapery sketches


Flaxman, John (Draughtsman)

Acquisition and important dates

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

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Materials used in production

Brown ink
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: 48
  • Location: Recto, upper right corner
  • Method of creation: Graphite

Inscription present: the following in grey ink: [i] four preceding words crossed through; [ii] preceding word crossed through; [iii] preceding preceding word crossed through

  • Text: Woolen Draperies / Such at the n[i] woollen was the material of / the Palliam the Chlamys, the Draperies / repr[ii] with which Raphael cloathed his Apostles / &c this is particularly suited to Dignified / characters as the folds are larger & simpler / in their forms than those of any other figure[iii] / material / Coarse Woollen / To suitable[iv] a proper cloathing for inferior / characters / Linnen[sic] / Its folds are more frequent & have sharper / angles, yet when worn two or three days / it shews the figure under it more distinctly / than woollen / Fine Linnen[sic] / produces smaller folds, which in frequent- / repetitions play about the the[sic] projections of / the figure, wind round the limbs, form / cascades of folds, & float in the air from a / quick motion of the figure / Note / The Ancients in representing these fine
  • Location: Recto
  • Method of creation: Grey ink
  • Text: linnens
  • Location: Verso, upper left
  • Method of creation: Grey ink

Inscription present: three upper graphite sketches numbered 7-9

  • Text: Folds of Drapery most beautiful in the / forms disposition & Composition
  • Location: Verso, below the above
  • Method of creation: Brown ink

Identification numbers

Accession number: 832/7.f.48
Primary reference Number: 38770
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 20 May 2021 Last processed: Friday 21 May 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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