Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Unusual Artifacts: A Polychrome Wax Model, c. 1791

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Wax Model
Samuel Percy
The Victoria & Albert Museum

The work of Samuel Percy (1750-1820), this wax model was made around 1791 and was displayed in the famous Racksrow’s Museum in Fleet Street, London. At the museum, it was one of only a few models of daily life amongst a collection of mostly anatomical figures.

The scene depicts a woman with three children who are engaged in playing under an apple tree. One of the children is seated in the tree. Another catches applies in his hat and the third screams and cries because she wants an apple. A landscape of a river has been set against a painted background.

The polychrome wax scene is set into a wooden frame. 

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