NPG Number
2488
Mkey
2245
Sitter/Title
Anne Flaxman (née Denman)
Qualifier
by
Artist(s)
JohnFlaxman
Date made
circa 1790-1795
Medium
plaster cast of medallion
Credit line
© National Portrait Gallery, London
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2488

Anne Flaxman (née Denman)

by

John Flaxman

circa 1790-1795

plaster cast of medallion

© National Portrait Gallery, London

This portrait and its {pair|mw2245} were made by the sitter's husband, John Flaxman. In his early years, Flaxman was employed by Josiah Wedgwood to design cameos, friezes and portrait medallions. Although these roundels show him and his wife, they reveal much about the artist and his patron. The original wax portraits, from which these medallions were cast, were probably made while the Flaxmans lived in Rome under Wedgwood's sponsorship. John Flaxman's seven-year stay in Rome transformed him from an obscure British designer and sculptor into a major international figure with a proven record in monumental sculpture and decorative design.