John Flaxman: Line To Contour

John Flaxman: Line To Contour book cover

Paperback, black and white illustrations, 110 pages, W210mm x H260mm


John Flaxman (1755-1826) was a leading exponent of British Neoclassicism, renowned during his lifetime for minimally drawn illustrations. Featuring texts by eminent curator and art historian David Bindman, this catalogue consists predominantly of drawings and plaster models for sculpture from the UCL Art Museum at University College London.

Having learnt the techniques of sculpting in his father’s plaster-cast workshop, Flaxman began his own career as a designer for Josiah Wedgwood’s world-famous pottery. In 1787 Flaxman travelled to Rome where he stayed for seven years, producing his most famous works including engravings for publications of Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey, Dante’s Divine Comedy and The Tragedies of Aeschylus. 

On returning to London, Flaxman worked on numerous sculptural commissions for major public monuments as well as smaller funerary monuments. Published on the occasion of the exhibition John Flaxman: Line to Contour at Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, 13 February – 21 April 2013.