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Light and shade in Scuplture: 832/7.f.57

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Light and shade in Scuplture


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 on laid paper

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: 57
  • Location: Recto, upper right corner
  • Method of creation: Graphite

Inscription present: the following in brown ink: [i] six preceding words crossed through; [ii] preceding word crossed through; [iii] preceding word crossed through; [iv] inscription between these marks crossed through

  • Text: Light & Shade / Sculpture / In single figures & groups the proportion of shade is / one third or one fifth, in Bas relief the proportion / is the same, but it is to be observed that as the / proportion of shade to light in round sculpture is one / 3d or one 5:th as in bas relief the of Consequence[i] the / projecting parts forming the lights, whilst the retiring / parts & hollows form the shades, the case is the same / in basreleifs[sic] where the ground is intirely[sic] covered / by the figures or ornaments laid on them[ii] it / but where the outline of the figures is left distinct / by a plain back-ground, in that case, the[iii] is the / portion of light, whilst the figures or ornaments / laid theron, taken together form the shade / Of the General Effect of Architecture / and the introduction of Sculpture / In the beautiful order of visible objects, Buildings / are distinquished from others with which they are / connected, by colour & form, [iv]generally, the materi / the greater their materials are generally white or a light / Co[iv] their colours in general are, white, or of a light tint, & their / form quadrangular, more projecting to the eye than
  • Location: Recto
  • Method of creation: Brown ink

Identification numbers

Accession number: 832/7.f.57
Primary reference Number: 38807
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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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