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Relief - Samuel Wilberforce, Bishop of Oxford
  • Samuel Wilberforce, Bishop of Oxford
    Lucas, Richard Cockle, born 1800 - died 1883
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Samuel Wilberforce, Bishop of Oxford

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1859 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Lucas, Richard Cockle, born 1800 - died 1883 (sculptor)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Wax in low relief

  • Credit Line:

    Given by R. C. Lucas

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This is a wax model made by R. C Lucas in the 19th century England. This model represents Samuel Wilberforce, the Bishop of Oxford, in low relief.

Richard Cockle Lucas (1800-1883) is mainly known as a sculptor in wax and ivory, but he also worked in glass, marble and bronze, as well as being a painter. Lucas began his career as a sculptor as an apprentice to his uncle, who worked as a cutler in Winchester, carving knife handles. He joined the Royal Academy Schools in 1828 and studied under Richard Westmacott. Lucas made two models of the Parthenon, in its original state and after the explosion of 1687, which were aquired by the British Museum. He is best known for his small scale works including wax sculptures and ivory carvings. Lucas was at the centre of a controversy about the bust of Flora in the Kaiser Friedrich Museum in Berlin. The bust was thought to be an authentic work by Leonardo da Vinci but the sculptor's son Albert Dürer Lucas claimed in the Burlington Magazine that the bust was modelled by his father. It is now generally thought that the bust is probably by Leonardo or his circle but was repaired by Lucas. He exhibited at the Royal Academy between 1829 and 1859 and showed ivory carvings and imitation bronzes at the Great Exhibition in 1851.

Physical description

Bust in low relief of Wilberforce, Bishop of Oxford.

Place of Origin

England (made)


1859 (made)


Lucas, Richard Cockle, born 1800 - died 1883 (sculptor)

Materials and Techniques

Wax in low relief

Marks and inscriptions

'The R. Revd. / Dr. Wilberforce the Bishop of Oxford / R. Lucas 1859'
Inscription; decoration; In the background.; 1859


Height: 17.77 cm, Width: 12.7 cm

Object history note

Given by R.C. Lucas in 1865.

Descriptive line

Relief, model in wax, bust of Samuel Wilberforce, Bishop of Oxford, by R.C. Lucas (1800-1883), English, dated 1859

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

Inventory of Art Objects acquired in the Year 1865. Inventory of the Objects in the Art Division of the Museum at South Kensington, arranged According to the Dates of their Acquisition. Vol. 1. London : Printed by George E. Eyre and William Spottiswoode for H.M.S.O., 1868, p. 45




Portraits; Sculpture


Sculpture Collection

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