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Marquess of Stafford

Mould
19th century (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

This plaster mould was used in the production of a wax portrait relief.

The process of making a portrait in wax would begin with a model in plasticine or soft wax. A plaster mould such as this object would then be made and filled with molten wax. The mould would have been immersed in hot water to stop it from being porous to the molten wax and the inner face would have been lubricated with oil to ease removal. The relief would be hand-finished by the artist.

It depicts the Marquess of Stafford, (1758-1833), a British politician, diplomat, landowner and patron of the arts who is estimated to have been one of the wealthiest men of the nineteenth century.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Plaster
Brief Description
Wax, English, by Catherine Andras (1775-1860), 19th century
Physical Description
Plaster mould.
Dimensions
  • Width: 17.7cm
  • Length: 57.5cm
  • Depth: 4.4cm
Dimensions are for the entire frame.
Credit line
Rupert Gunnis Bequest
Object history
Rupert Gunnis Bequest
Subject depicted
Summary
This plaster mould was used in the production of a wax portrait relief.



The process of making a portrait in wax would begin with a model in plasticine or soft wax. A plaster mould such as this object would then be made and filled with molten wax. The mould would have been immersed in hot water to stop it from being porous to the molten wax and the inner face would have been lubricated with oil to ease removal. The relief would be hand-finished by the artist.



It depicts the Marquess of Stafford, (1758-1833), a British politician, diplomat, landowner and patron of the arts who is estimated to have been one of the wealthiest men of the nineteenth century.
Bibliographic Reference
Trusted, Marjorie (ed.), The Making of Sculpture. The materials and techniques of European Sculpture, London, Victoria and Albert Publications, 2007, p. 29, pl. 38.
Collection
Accession Number
A.118-1965

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record createdMarch 17, 2004
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