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Le goût classique et la pureté de dessin qui distinguent les ouvrages de Flaxman, se retrouvent dans cette statue représentant les effets de la foi et d'une ferme confiance dans la Providence divine. Une belle femme, les mains joinles, prie Dieu, et, à l'instant où elle s'écrie avec soumissiot : « Que ta « volonté soit faite, » lève les yeux vers le ciel avec une physionomie expressive et convenable.

Cette statue est en marbre blanc, et grande comme nature : elle forma, en 1809, un des principaux sujets d'admiration dans le salon de sculpture à l'exposition de l'Académie royale de Londres. Elle a été gravée pour les Beaux-Arts de l'Ecole anglaise.


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Although the Island was twice invaded by Julius Cæsar, yet Claudius was the first emperor who established the Roman domination in Britain; and Suetonius Paulinus being appointed governor of the subjugated provinces by Nero, undertook an expedition to conquer Mona (Anglesea). During his absence in the west, the Iceni, a warlike tribe at the eastern side of the Island, took arms to avenge the atrocities which the roman centurions had inflicted on their widowed Queen Boadicea, and her daughters. For a time they were guccessful, routing the ninth legion, and taking several important stations : but they were defeated in a final engagement with a loss of 80,000 men, while their opponent's loss was under 1000 men. After the battle, the unfortunate Boadicea swallowed poison to escape captivity.

In a composition that would do honour to the most eminent school, the artist has represented the British heroine standing on one of the scythe-armed war chariots, accompanied by her daughters, and surrounded by the leaders of her army; in one hand she grasps a javelin, the other is raised in the action of addressing her brave, but undisciplined, followers, who crowd with impatience to a conflict which few of them were fated to survive : in the distance we catch a glance of their formidable enemies.

William Sharp engraved this subject in 1812, in a style worthy of his own fame and that of its highly gifted painter.

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