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Relief - Lord Moira
  • Lord Moira
    Andras, Catherine, born 1775 - died 1860
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Lord Moira

  • 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

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. Wax was well suited to being cast and reproduced many times over from the same mould in order to propagate an image.

Catherine Andras was appointed Modeller in Wax to Queen Charlotte in 1802.

The process of making a portrait in wax would begin with a model in plasticine or soft wax which would be worked using ivory or wooden tools in much the same way as a model in clay. A plaster mould would then be made and molten wax poured into it. The relief would be hand-finished by the artist.

Physical description

Wax relief.

Place of Origin

England (made)


19th century (made)


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

Materials and Techniques


Descriptive line

Relief, 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. 28, pl. 36.






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