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Relief - King Louis XVI (1774-1792)
  • King Louis XVI (1774-1792)
    Percy, Samuel, born 1750 - died 1820
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King Louis XVI (1774-1792)

  • Object:

    Relief

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    19th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Percy, Samuel, born 1750 - died 1820 (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Wax

  • Credit Line:

    Rupert Gunnis Bequest

  • Museum number:

    A.109-1965

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This portrait relief depicts Louis XVI, King of France and Navarre from 1774 until 1792. Arrested during the Revolution he was tried and executed by guillotine on 21st January 1793.

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.

The popularity of wax portraits was in part driven by their links with other types of portrait manufacture such as ceramic medallions.

This relief is the work of Samuel Percy, one of the foremost portraitist in wax in the nineteenth century.

Physical description

Wax relief. Shown in profile facing to the right.

Place of Origin

England (made)

Date

19th century (made)

Artist/maker

Percy, Samuel, born 1750 - died 1820 (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Wax

Object history note

Rupert Gunnis Bequest.

Descriptive line

Wax, English, by Samuel Percy (1750-1820), 19th century

Materials

Wax

Categories

Portraits; Royalty

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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