John Flaxman

Waiting on Sir Ed. Hales at St Stephens. Caricature

1775

View this artwork by appointment, at Tate Britain's Prints and Drawings Rooms

Medium
Graphite and ink on paper
Dimensions
Support: 307 x 513 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Purchased as part of the Oppé Collection with assistance from the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund 1996
Reference
T10248

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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