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Wax relief - Blind Man's Buff - 1782

Blind Mans Buff, © Wedgwood Museum
    Blind Mans Buff
    © Wedgwood Museum

The plaque is a wax relief featuring ‘Blind Man's Buff’ scene modelled by John Flaxman in 1782.

The plaque is a wax relief featuring Blind Man's Buff scene modelled by John Flaxman. This bas relief was first modelled by John Flaxman Jnr in 1782, as a direct response to Wedgwood's request for: ‘Some groups of children, proper for bas reliefs to decorate the side of Tea pots.’ Four drawings were originally sent to Wedgwood, one of which was entitled ‘Blind Man’s Buff’.

  • Type of object: Manufacturing paraphernalia and miscellany/wax
  • Year produced: 1782
  • Material: wax
  • Decoration: wax relief
  • Accession number: 3213

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  • John Flaxman Jnr RA Modeller

    John Flaxman Jnr RA - Modeller (1754 - 1825)

    English sculptor, and designer, born in York, the son of a modeller and maker of plaster casts. The family moved to Covent Garden, London in 1756. In 1766 at the age of 11 Flaxman Jnr won a premium from the Society of Arts, now the Royal Society of Arts, enrolling three years later as one of the first students of the newly founded Royal Academy Schools. He exhibited for the first time at the Academy in 1770, and had come to the attention of the founder of the Wedgwood company, Josiah I himself, in 1771. By 1775 Flaxman Jnr had commenced to provide models and designs to the Wedgwood factory. Flaxman at Wedgwood’s behest went to Rome in 1787, where he remained, studying classical architecture and arts until 1794. During this period Flaxman supplied many important designs to Wedgwood. Amongst these can be numbered the famous ‘Apotheosis of Homer’ relief and vase; ‘Hercules in the Garden of Hesperides’; various bust subjects including Mercury, as well as the Josiah Wedgwood memorial in St Peter ad Vincula, Stoke-on-Trent’s parish church. Flaxman also supplied a huge range of portrait medallions and smaller sized bas reliefs for use by the firm.