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Compositions by John Flaxman, Sculptor, R.A., from the Divine Poem of Dante Alghieri, Containing Hell, Purgatory and Paradise, with Quotations from the Italian and translations from the version of the Rev. H. Boyd

Author:
Dante Alighieri (Italian, Florence ca. 1265–1321 Ravenna)
Translator:
Henry Boyd (Anglo-Irish, Antrim, Northern Ireland 1748/49–1832 Down, Northern Ireland)
Designer:
John Flaxman (British, York 1755–1826 London)
Engraver:
Tommaso Piroli (Italian, Rome 1752–1824 Rome)
Publisher:
Longman, Hurst, Rees and Orme (London)
Publisher:
Published in London by Robert Harding Evans (British, 1778–1857)
Publisher:
William Miller (London)
Publisher:
John and Arthur Arch (London)
Date:
1807
Medium:
Illustrations: line engraving
Dimensions:
11 5/8 x 17 3/4 x 5 5/16 in. (29.5 x 45.1 x 13.5 cm)
Classification:
Books
Credit Line:
Museum Accession, transferred from the Library, 1921
Accession Number:
21.36.136
Not on view
Inscription: 2nd title page bears imprint: "Engraved by Thomas Piroli from the Drawings in the Possession of Thomas Hope, Esq., 1793." Individual plates are imprinted with titles (above) and quotes from Dante's Italian text (below left) and with Henry Boyd's English translation of 1785 (below right). Also included are the names of some individuals shown.
Robert Rosenblum The International Style of 1800, A Study in Linear Abstraction [Ph.D. dissertation]. PhD diss., Garland Publishing Co., 1956-1976 pp. 1-4.

G. E. Bentley The Early Engravings of Flaxman's Classical Designs, A Bibliographical Study. 1964, pp. 15, 49-50.

Robert Rosenblum Transformations in Late Eighteenth Century Art. Paperback. Princeton, N. J., 1969, pp. 169-71.

David Irwin John Flaxman, 1755-1826: Sculptor, Illustrator Designer. London, 1979, pp. 94-106.

John Flaxman. Exh. cat. edited by David Bindman, Royal Academy of Arts, London, 1979, pp. 86, 98.

Corrado Gizzi Flaxman e Dante. Exh. cat., Torre de Passeri (Pescara), Casa di Dante in Abruzzo, Castello Gizzi, settembre-ottobre 1986; Palazzo di Brera, Milano, 22 novembre 1986 - 14 gennaio 1987 . Milan, 1986.



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