A Letter To The Committee For Raising The Naval Pillar, Or Monument, Under The Patronage Of His Royal Highness The Duke of Clarence. By John Flaxman, Sculptor.
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The printer's name is repeated in the colophon.
A. Borg, War memorials from antiquity to the present (1991); A. Yarrington, The commemoration of the hero, 1800-1864: monuments to the British victors of the Napoleonic wars (1988); Victoria and Albert Museum, Designs for English sculpture 1680-1860, ed. J. Physick (1969); M. Campbell, 'An alternative design for a commemorative monument by John Flaxman', in Record of the Art Museum, Princeton University, 17 (1958), p. 65-73.
The plates show:  (Frontispiece) 'A Colossal Statue 230 feet high, proposed to be erected on Greenwich Hill'; 2. six alternatives, '1 Obelisk, 2 Column, 3 Meta, 4 Arch, 5 Pharos, 6 Temple'; 3. 'A View of Greenwich Hospital with the Statue of Britannia on the Hill'.
In January 1800 the architect Alexander Dufour in his Letter to the Nobility composing the Committee for raising the Naval Pillar accused Flaxman of trying to influence the Committee against triumphal arches and pillars. But drawings surviving at Princeton confirm that Flaxman did seriously consider a gigantic arch, surmounted by a seated Britannia and adorned by naval trophies.
In 1801 Flaxman exhibited at the Royal Academy a sketch for a statue of Britannia. The Colossus was never executed. Flaxman did, however, sculpt monuments to Lord Nelson and Earl Howe for St. Paul's cathedral; and he used a very similar design to his Colossus for his monument to Lord North (second earl of Guilford) in the church at Wroxton, Oxfordshire.
Flaxman's original drawing for his Britannia colossus is held at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London - and his model, at the Soane Museum, London.
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Art commissions - Government policy - Art and state - Great Britain - 18th century
Designs - Great Britain - 18th century
Pictorial works - Great Britain - 18th century