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Relief - Edward J. Pyke

Edward J. Pyke

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Canada (made)

  • Date:

    1988 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Sykes, Constance, born 1936 (sculptor)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Wax in glazed wood frame

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by E. J. Pyke in 1996

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This is one wax of a group of twenty-nine wax sculptures bequeathed to the Museum by Edward (Teddy) Pyke. Mr. Pyke had devoted most of his life to the study of waxes, and was the recognised authority in the field. His 'Biographical Dictionary of Wax Modellers', published in 1973, has become the standard reference book for students of the subject. Mr Pyke's own collection was wide-ranging, and included British, German, French and Italian portraits and figure subjects from the sixteenth century up to the present day. His generous bequest augmented and complemented the then existing holdings of waxes in the Museum.

Physical description

Portrait bust of Edward J Pyke is shown in medium relief facing to right. Signed in monogram.

Place of Origin

Canada (made)


1988 (made)


Sykes, Constance, born 1936 (sculptor)

Materials and Techniques

Wax in glazed wood frame

Marks and inscriptions

signed in monogram on the truncation of the bust

'Edward Pyke by Constance Sykes, 1988'
on a printed label a the back


Height: 23 cm, Width: 20 cm

Object history note

Bequeathed by E. J. Pyke in 1996, c/o Bird and Bird Solicitors, London.

Descriptive line

Relief, wax, Edward J. Pyke, by Constance Sykes, Canadian, 1988

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

Trusted, Marjorie, ‘The Pyke Bequest of waxes at the Victoria & Albert Museum’, in: Apollo, Vol. CXLV, no. 419Jan 1997, pp. 41-45, fig. 1




Reliefs; Portraits


Sculpture Collection

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