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Mould - Lord Thurlow
  • Lord Thurlow
    Andras, Catherine, born 1775 - died 1860
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Lord Thurlow

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    19th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Andras, Catherine, born 1775 - died 1860 (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Credit Line:

    Rupert Gunnis Bequest

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

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 then be hand-finished by the artist.

The mould depicts Lord Edward Thurlow (1731- 1806), a British lawyer and politician who served as Lord Chancellow for fourteen years.

Physical description

Plaster mould.

Place of Origin

England (made)


19th century (made)


Andras, Catherine, born 1775 - died 1860 (maker)

Materials and Techniques



Height: 17.7 cm, Length: 57.5 cm, Depth: 4.4 cm

Object history note

Rupert Gunnis Bequest.

Descriptive line

Mould, Wax, English, by Catherine Andras (1775-1860), 19th century

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

Trusted, Marjorie (ed.), The Making of Sculpture. The materials and techniques of European Sculpture London, 2007, p. 29, pl. 38.
Pyke, E. A Biographical Dictionary of Wax Modellers Oxford, Clarendon Press, 1973, p. 4.






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