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James Rennell

Relief
18th century (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

James Rennell was an English geographer, historian and a pioneer of Oceanography.

During the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, low relief portraits in wax became popular in Britain and they were often exhibited at the Royal Academy, the Society of Artists and elsewhere. Waxes were used in a similar way to prints and medals, in order to disseminate the image of the sitter, or, like miniature paintings or silhouettes as portable mementoes.


object details
Category
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Wax
Brief Description
Wax, relief, English, 18th century
Physical Description
Wax relief of an old man. Profile to the left.
Credit line
Rupert Gunnis Bequest
Object history
Bequeathed by Rupert Gunnis, Esq.
Subject depicted
Summary
James Rennell was an English geographer, historian and a pioneer of Oceanography.



During the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, low relief portraits in wax became popular in Britain and they were often exhibited at the Royal Academy, the Society of Artists and elsewhere. Waxes were used in a similar way to prints and medals, in order to disseminate the image of the sitter, or, like miniature paintings or silhouettes as portable mementoes.
Collection
Accession Number
A.86-1965

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record createdMarch 17, 2004
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