Flaxman, John

Lectures on sculpture …. as delivered by him before the President and Members of the Royal Academy. With a brief memoir of the author.

London, John Murray 1829.

Reference: 15431
Price: £250 [convert currency]

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8vo. xxvii + (1) + 339 + (5)pp, litho portrait frontispiece, (51) litho plates (numbered 1-52, skipping plate 18, not issued in this edition). Publisher’s cloth, recased with recent endpapers and neatly repaired at head of spine. A good, clean copy internally. No ownership inscription, but William St.Clair’s copy.

First edition. Flaxman (1755-1826), the most eminent British sculptor of his time, was Professor of Sculpture at the Royal Academy from 1810 until his death, and the present volume provides the texts of nine of the lectures which he delivered in that capacity, together with the text of a further lecture, on “Modern Sculpture” which he had written but had not yet delivered at the time of his death. Two of the lectures discuss, respectively, Egyptian and Greek sculpture, while the remaining lectures are mostly on such thematic topics as beauty, composition, style and drapery. BAL Cat 1074.