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Photo credit: The National Gallery, London

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The work is located at the eastern end of the gallery, overlooking the church of St Martin-in-the-Fields. It was originally designed by the British neoclassical sculptor John Flaxman as a seated figure of Britannia, brandishing a spear and shield, to appear on the Marble Arch, designed as a ceremonial entranceway by John Nash. Flaxman was chosen to provide the commemorative sculptural decoration, but after his death in 1826 this work was divided between his former pupil Edward Hodges Baily, Charles Rossi and Richard Westmacott.

The National Gallery, London



worked on twice, by 1830 & altered about 1834


Portland stone

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commissioned by the Office of Works for the Marble Arch, and installed on the gallery by 1838

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The National Gallery, London

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