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Oceanus and Prometheus Bound
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John Flaxman, English, 1755–1826
Oceanus and Prometheus Boundfrom the series Aeschylus
- c. 1795
- Graphite and ink on wove paper
- Sheet: 9 × 11 1/4 in. (22.9 × 28.6 cm) Window opening: 8 3/4 × 10 3/4 in. (22.2 × 27.3 cm)
- Credit Line
Gift of Cecily E. Horton
- Current Location
- Not on view
- Accession Number
- Drawings, Pastels & Watercolors
The artist; acquired by Thomas Hope, ; by descent to Lord Francis Hope Pelham-Clinton-Hope, 1917; [Pelham-Clinton-Hope sale, Humbert & Flint, London, 1917; [Scott & Fowles, New York, by 1918] ; private collection, U.S.A., after 1918; [Lowell-Libson, London, at least by 2015]; acquired by Cecily Horton, 2015; given to MFAH, 2017  Hope’s relationship with Flaxman was close for he also acquired a major figural group Aurora Abducting Cephalus from Flaxman in Rome in 1792 which is now in the Lady Lever Art Gallery, Liverpool. (See David Watkin and Philip Hewat-Jaboor, eds., Thomas Hope: Regency Designer, exh. cat. [London, Victoria and Albert Museum, 2008], p. 352, Cat. 55). It is possible that Hope acquired this drawing with the rest of the album from Flaxman whilst he was designing the illustrations to Dante.  Catalogue of an Exhibition of Original Drawings by John Flaxman R A. New York: Scott & Fowles, 1918.