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Magnifying glass - Magnifying glass

Magnifying glass

  • Object:

    Magnifying glass

  • Place of origin:

    Britain (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1790 - ca. 1840 (made)
    18th century-19th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mrs B. Wynne Rouw.

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This magnifying glass in an ivory mount was used by Peter Rouw, a highly successful wax modeller who was appointed 'Sculptor & Modeller of Gems and Cameos to His Majesty' (George III) in 1807. Rouw attended the Royal Academy Schools in 1788 and exhibited twenty-two portraits in wax at the Royal Academy between 1787 and 1833.

Physical description

Magnifying glass in an ivory mount.

Place of Origin

Britain (made)


ca. 1790 - ca. 1840 (made)
18th century-19th century (made)



Materials and Techniques



Diameter: 4.9 cm, Height: 2.2 cm

Object history note

Given by Mrs. B. Wynne Rouw, Nuncham, Downview Road, West Worthing, Sussex, a descendent of the former owner, Peter Rouw, along with the wax portraits by him (A.27 to 29-1941) in 1941. It was used by the wax modeller Peter Rouw.

Descriptive line

Magnifying glass, ivory and glass, used by Peter Rouw, English, ca. 1790-1840

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

Trusted, Marjorie, Baroque & Later Ivories, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, 2013, cat. no. 190




Accessories; Sculpture


Sculpture Collection

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