Or are you looking for Search the Archives?

Please complete the form to email this item.

Relief - Duke of Wellington
  • Duke of Wellington
    Rouw, Peter the younger, born 1771 - died 1852
  • Enlarge image

Duke of Wellington

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1818 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Rouw, Peter the younger, born 1771 - died 1852 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Tinted wax

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This is a relief made by Peter Rouw in England. The relief is signed and dated 1818. It is in tinted wax and representing the Duke of Wellington.
Wax is a cheap material, easily worked, as well as light and easily transportable. It is quick and easy to shape, yet also cheap. Once softened, it is modelled in a similar way to clay, with the composition built up gradually. To enhance the wax, pigment can be added before moulding and pearls or other jewels can be embedded in the surface afterwards.
It is also intended as a kind of object of desire, covetable and collectible. It is the ideal kind of object for a Kunstkammer in that it is small and light enough to be held in the hand and passed from person to person, and that it is attractive to the eye.
Peter Rouw (1771-1852) was a successful wax modeller, who specialised in portrait waxes. He was also appointed modeller of gems and cameos to His Royal Highness the Prince Regent.

Physical description

Profile portrait of the Duke of Wellington in tinted wax. Framed.

Place of Origin

England (made)


1818 (made)


Rouw, Peter the younger, born 1771 - died 1852 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Tinted wax


Diameter: 19.68 cm

Object history note

Given by Charles Vine, Esq. in 1871.

Descriptive line

Medallion, tinted wax relief, profile portrait of the Duke of Wellington, by Peter Rouw, England, 1818

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

List of Objects in the Art Division, South Kensington, Acquired During the Year 1871, Arranged According to the Dates of Acquisition. London: Printed by George E. Eyre and William Spottiswoode for H.M.S.O., p. 84
Molesworth, Hender Delves. Sculpture in England, Renaissance to Early XIX. London: British Council, 1951, p. 18, pl. LIII




Reliefs; Medallions; Portraits


Sculpture Collection

Large image request

Please confirm you are using these images within the following terms and conditions, by acknowledging each of the following key points:

Please let us know how you intend to use the images you will be downloading.