Lord Nelson

2006am3129 jpg l

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Acquired in 1970 (the spelunker thinks)

artist
Andras, Catherine
attributions_note
bibliography
Pyke, E.J. A Biographical Dictionary of Wax Modellers, Oxford, 1973, p. 5. Pollard, J.G. 'Matthew Boulton and Conrad Heinrich Küchler' in Numismatic Chronicle, 7th S, X, 1970, p. 306
collection_code
SCP
credit
From the Mary Bate Collection.
date_end
1806-12-31
date_start
1806-01-01
date_text
1806 (made)
descriptive_line
Wax relief of Lord Nelson (1758-1805)
dimensions
Height: 18 cm with frame, Width: 15 cm
edition_number
event_text
exhibition_history
gallery
British Galleries, room 120
historical_context_note
In 1802 Catherine Andras was awarded the Larger Silver Pallet by the Society for the Encourgement of Arts, Manufacture and Commerce for models in wax of Princess Charlotte and Lord Nelson.
historical_significance
history_note
By Catherine Andras (born in Bristol, 1775, died in London, 1860)
id
8795
label
British Galleries: This wax portrait of Admiral Lord Nelson (1750-1805) was considered by his lover, Emma, Lady Hamilton, 'the most striking likeness' taken of him. [27/03/2003]
last_checked
2014-08-29T19:47:55.000Z
last_processed
2014-08-29T19:47:55.000Z
latitude
location
British Galleries, room 120, case 11
longitude
marks
Torn handwritten label on reverse reads: 'Portrait of (the) late Lord Nelson modelled from the left by Miss Andrass Modeller in wax to her Majesty. 87 Pall Mall.'
materials
Wax
materials_techniques
Modelled wax, in giltwood frame
museum_number
A.41-1970
museum_number_token
a411970
object_number
O77802
object_type
Relief
on_display
1
original_currency
original_price
physical_description
The profile relief, in pale pink wax on black glass of Lord nelson is shown facing to the left. He is shown wearing naval uniform with epaulettes, insignia and medal and a long wig, tied at the back of his neck with a ribbon.
place
primary_image_id
2006AM3129
production_note
production_type
public_access_description
Object Type This small wax portrait of the naval hero Admiral Lord Nelson (1758-1805) was modelled from the life in 1802. The likeness was much admired, and was later used as the basis for the portrait by Conrad Heinrich Küchler in his design for the obverse of the Trafalgar medal, produced by Matthew Boulton. A contemporary wrote to Boulton in 1806, reporting a conversation with Lady Hamilton, Nelson's mistress, in which 'she shewed me the inclosed Wax Profile which She declares is the most striking likeness that has been taken, & much more so than our little drawing or print by Mr Da Costa. On asking Lady H: in what features the model so closely resembled Lord Nelson as she had declared; she said, in the direction & form of the nose, mouth and chin, that the general carriage of the body was exactly his, and that altogether the likeness was so great it was impossible for anybody who had known him to doubt about or mistake it.' People Catherine Andras (1775-1860) was born in Bristol, but moved to London to work. She exhibited in the capital from 1799 onwards, and in 1802 was appointed Modeller in Wax to Queen Charlotte. In the same year she was awarded 'The Larger Silver Pallet' by the Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce for her model of Princess Charlotte and this one of Lord Nelson. She was active until 1855. Materials & Making Wax portraits were particularly popular in Britain in the second half of the 18th century. They were often modelled from the life; a mould could be made from this initial model, from which further copies could be cast. The waxes were small and portable, and the nature of the material meant that they were extremely naturalistic. Sometimes they were coloured, and extra items added, such as textiles, seed pearls or coloured glass, to increase the life-like appearance of the portrayal.
related_museum_numbers
rights
3
shape
site_code
VA
slug
lord-nelson-relief-andras-catherine
sys_updated
2014-08-21T00:00:00.000Z
techniques
title
Lord Nelson
updated
vanda_exhibition_history
year_end
1806
year_start
1806