View this artwork by appointment, at Tate Britain's Prints and Drawings Rooms
This caricature was drawn rather quickly and loosely. It is inscribed 'J.Flaxman's reception by Sir Ed. Hales at St Stephens - sketch'd by himself'. This work is a good example of the damaging effects of iron-gall ink. In areas where the ink was heavily applied it has 'corroded' the paper, leaving holes. The drawing was at some stage stuck down onto another sheet; this process introduced moisture which has caused the acidic ink to 'bleed'.
Gallery label, August 2004
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