Portrait of a seated man

Verso: Woman dressed in Shakesperean costume

John Flaxman (English, 1755–1826)


Dimensions

Sheet: 27.9 x 29.8 cm (11 x 11 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

53.2639

Medium or Technique

Pen and ink and graphite pencil on paper

Not On View

Collections

Europe, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Drawings

Portrait of a man, full-length, seated in a chair, facing 1/2 right. verso: woman on ground left, appealing to man right, walking from her to right, dressed in Shakespearean costume. Faint pencil sketch of heads with limbs below on right. Possibly portrait of Flaxman himself, William Blake (JMille says definitely not) or A.S. Matthew- Cf. inscribed head in red chalk of Matthew (coll. Iola A. Williams, upr. Burlington Mag, June, 1960, p. 251, p1.27.)

Provenance

Gift to MFA of Mr. Rowland Burdon-Muller and William A. Sargent Fund; December 10, 1953

Formerly in collection of John Murray III & A.H. Hallam Murray; Dealer: Raphael King Ltd., London

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by Rowland Burdon-Muller and the William A. Sargent Fund