FLAXMAN, JOHN. (1755-1826). English sculptor, illustrator, and close friend of William Blake. ALS. (“John Flaxman”). 1p. 4to. London, April 28, 1823. To British landowner ROBERT LOVELL GWATKIN (1757-1843).
“I was favored this morning with your letter relating to the intended Monument for the Revd. Archdeacon Mousley which I am very much concerned has been so long delayed, not however by neglect or carelessness, but by one of those visitations which at some time is experienced in all families.
I have undertaken agreeable to the wish of Robert Alexander Esq. to execute the work within a year for the sum of about 350 and I am now preparing drawings which in a few days shall be sent to that Gentleman for the choice of the Committee…”
In 1770, Flaxman, whose father produced plaster casts, began his studies at the Royal Academy, of which the esteemed painter Joshua Reynolds was president. Flaxman worked for English potter Josiah Wedgwood while perfecting his skills and became a prolific sculptor of funerary monuments, especially bas-reliefs inspired by his close study of Greek Classicism.