John Flaxman jnr (1755-1826)

Born at York, the son of a modeller and plaster cast supplier. From an early age he showed considerable artistic skill, and in 1770 he joined the Academy Schools, and was awarded a silver medal a year later. In 1775 he began to design bas-reliefs, and to model portrait medallions, for Josiah Wedgwood I. Among the most famous of his bas-reliefs for Wedgwood can be included the 'Dancing Hours', and the renowned 'Apotheosis of Homer'. In 1787, accompanied by his wife, he journeyed to Rome where he lived for seven years. During this time he sent designs to Wedgwood, as well as supervising modellers on behalf of the factory. He returned to England in 1794, and then devoted himself chiefly to monumental sculpture. He became a member of the Royal Academy in 1800, and a member of the Academy of Rome in 1816.


John Flaxman jnr, © Wedgwood Museum

John Flaxman jnr
© Wedgwood Museum