Design for a Memorial for Sir William Myers,

Thomas Stothard

Stothard's design honors a British lieutenant colonel killed at the Battle of Valverde in the Peninsular War. Allegorical figures of Britannia and Fame flank a sarcophagus beneath a plaque, with battle flags above shielding a sinking sun inscribed with Myers' name. If a related carved memorial was ever made, it has not been identified.
Made of several joined sheets, the drawing developed in stages with the lower portions made first, and the upper section added after Myers’s death. Below, the ink is warmer and pen work freer, with Britannia and Fame drawn with an elegant classicism close that recalls the early work of John Flaxman, to whom Stothard was close from 1778. The battle flags and stylized sun above represent a cooler, stonier neoclassical style.
Stothard's long and productive career encompassed painting, book illustration, etching, china designs made for Wedgwood, and impressive silver presentation pieces. The present sheet comes from a series of commissions he received during the Napoleonic conflict.

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Design for a Memorial for Sir William Myers

Artist: Thomas Stothard (British, London 1755–1834 London)

Subject: Sir William Myers (British, died 1811)

Date: 1811

Medium: Pen and brown ink, brush and brown wash on joined sheets of paper

Dimensions: Sheet: 20 3/16 × 17 7/16 in. (51.2 × 44.3 cm)

Classification: Drawings

Credit Line: Edward Pearce Casey Fund, 2015

Accession Number: 2015.640

Inscription: In sheet, upper center: "Sir William Myers”
Bagshawe Fine Art, London; Vendor: Shepherd/W&K Galleries
Shepherd Gallery Three Centuries of British Art. New York, Sept. 29-Oct. 26, 2015, cat. no. 17, pp. 28-9, ill.