John Flaxman

1755 (York) – 1826 (London)

Flaxman’s legacy has been as much through his drawings as his sculptural-relief work. He worked for both Wedgwood (extensively) and Boulton as a jobbing artist/craftsman: he also taught drawing to Wedgwood’s children, and was commissioned by Boulton’s son to sculpt Boulton’s monument. He met Soane when both were students, enjoying a long friendship; Blake was a great friend — they met as young men. Canova was a helpful ally and admirer both in Rome, where he helped Flaxman get work, and London. Schlegel (who visited him in London) and Flaxman’s fellow-academician Fuseli also admired him.