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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