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"Waxwork: A Fascinating Journey Through History and Art" Step into the mesmerizing world of waxworks, where history comes to life and artistry knows no bounds

Background imageWaxwork Collection: Joanna Lumley, actress who stars as Purdey in The New Avengers TV Series

Joanna Lumley, actress who stars as Purdey in The New Avengers TV Series, poses with a likeness of herself, designed by Adele Rootstein

Background imageWaxwork Collection: Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise, visit Madame Tussauds London

Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise, visit Madame Tussauds London, to inspect their new waxworks, Friday 11th February 1972

Background imageWaxwork Collection: Formula One World Championship, Rd10, German Grand Prix, Race, Hockenheim, Germany

Formula One World Championship, Rd10, German Grand Prix, Race, Hockenheim, Germany, Sunday 22 July 2012
Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing waxwork model from Madame Tassauds Berlin. Formula One World Championship, Rd10, German Grand Prix, Race, Hockenheim, Germany, Sunday 22 July 2012

Background imageWaxwork Collection: Formula One World Championship, Rd10, German Grand Prix, Race, Hockenheim, Germany

Formula One World Championship, Rd10, German Grand Prix, Race, Hockenheim, Germany, Sunday 22 July 2012
Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing waxwork model from Madame Tassauds Berlin. Formula One World Championship, Rd10, German Grand Prix, Race, Hockenheim, Germany, Sunday 22 July 2012

Background imageWaxwork Collection: Formula One World Championship, Rd10, German Grand Prix, Race, Hockenheim, Germany

Formula One World Championship, Rd10, German Grand Prix, Race, Hockenheim, Germany, Sunday 22 July 2012
Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing waxwork model from Madame Tassauds Berlin. Formula One World Championship, Rd10, German Grand Prix, Race, Hockenheim, Germany, Sunday 22 July 2012

Background imageWaxwork Collection: Formula One World Championship, Rd10, German Grand Prix, Race, Hockenheim, Germany

Formula One World Championship, Rd10, German Grand Prix, Race, Hockenheim, Germany, Sunday 22 July 2012
Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing waxwork model from Madame Tassauds Berlin. Formula One World Championship, Rd10, German Grand Prix, Race, Hockenheim, Germany, Sunday 22 July 2012

Background imageWaxwork Collection: Model of twins in the womb (wax)

Model of twins in the womb (wax)
BEN360190 Model of twins in the womb (wax) by Susini, Clemente (1754-1814); Museo della Specola, Florence, Italy; (add.info.: gemelli; scultura di cera; ); Photo eRaffaello Bencini; Italian

Background imageWaxwork Collection: Formula One World Championship, Rd10, German Grand Prix, Race, Hockenheim, Germany

Formula One World Championship, Rd10, German Grand Prix, Race, Hockenheim, Germany, Sunday 22 July 2012
Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing waxwork model from Madame Tassauds Berlin. Formula One World Championship, Rd10, German Grand Prix, Race, Hockenheim, Germany, Sunday 22 July 2012

Background imageWaxwork Collection: Wax Headed Doll, c. 1937. Creator: Dorothy Brennan

Wax Headed Doll, c. 1937. Creator: Dorothy Brennan
Wax Headed Doll, c. 1937

Background imageWaxwork Collection: Formula One World Championship, Rd10, German Grand Prix, Race, Hockenheim, Germany

Formula One World Championship, Rd10, German Grand Prix, Race, Hockenheim, Germany, Sunday 22 July 2012
Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing waxwork model from Madame Tassauds Berlin. Formula One World Championship, Rd10, German Grand Prix, Race, Hockenheim, Germany, Sunday 22 July 2012

Background imageWaxwork Collection: The Dismantable Venus, anatomical model (wax)

The Dismantable Venus, anatomical model (wax)
BEN360195 The Dismantable Venus, anatomical model (wax) by Susini, Clemente (1754-1814); Museo della Specola, Florence, Italy; (add.info)

Background imageWaxwork Collection: Picture shows the original dress worn by Florence Nightingale

Picture shows the original dress worn by Florence Nightingale, on display at The Nursing Exhibition in 1942, opened by Earnest Brown, Minister of Health

Background imageWaxwork Collection: The real Norman Tebbit stands with wax works of Mrs Thatcher

The real Norman Tebbit stands with wax works of Mrs Thatcher and himself at a preview of his wax portrait figure. 7th July 1986

Background imageWaxwork Collection: A waxwork of Mrs Thatcher in the Friargate waxworks in York. 21st February 1989

A waxwork of Mrs Thatcher in the Friargate waxworks in York. 21st February 1989

Background imageWaxwork Collection: Effigy of Lord Nelson at Westminster Abbey, London

Effigy of Lord Nelson at Westminster Abbey, London, Victorian period

Background imageWaxwork Collection: Wax Face Cotton Doll, 1935 / 1942. Creator: Charles Goodwin

Wax Face Cotton Doll, 1935 / 1942. Creator: Charles Goodwin
Wax Face Cotton Doll, 1935/1942

Background imageWaxwork Collection: Wax Doll, c. 1936. Creator: Mary E Humes

Wax Doll, c. 1936. Creator: Mary E Humes
Wax Doll, c. 1936

Background imageWaxwork Collection: Doll, 1940. Creator: Charles Goodwin

Doll, 1940. Creator: Charles Goodwin
Doll, 1940

Background imageWaxwork Collection: Wax Doll, c. 1936. Creator: Edward L Loper

Wax Doll, c. 1936. Creator: Edward L Loper
Wax Doll, c. 1936

Background imageWaxwork Collection: The Theatre of Death: Vanitas (mixed media)

The Theatre of Death: Vanitas (mixed media)
BEN360198 The Theatre of Death: Vanitas (mixed media) by Zumbo, Gaetano Giulio (1656-1701); Museo della Specola, Florence, Italy; (add.info.: Il teatro della morte)

Background imageWaxwork Collection: The Theatre of Death: Plague (mixed media)

The Theatre of Death: Plague (mixed media)
BEN360197 The Theatre of Death: Plague (mixed media) by Zumbo, Gaetano Giulio (1656-1701); Museo della Specola, Florence, Italy; (add.info.: Il Teatro della Morte)

Background imageWaxwork Collection: London Sketches, a Waxwork Exhibition (engraving)

London Sketches, a Waxwork Exhibition (engraving)
1058228 London Sketches, a Waxwork Exhibition (engraving) by Stone, Marcus (1840-1921) (after); Private Collection; (add.info.: London Sketches, a Waxwork Exhibition)

Background imageWaxwork Collection: Self Portrait (wax)

Self Portrait (wax)
BEN360187 Self Portrait (wax) by Susini, Clemente (1754-1814); Museo della Specola, Florence, Italy; (add.info.: autoritratto; scultura di cera; ); Photo eRaffaello Bencini; Italian, out of copyright

Background imageWaxwork Collection: Model of a man whose throat has been cut (wax)

Model of a man whose throat has been cut (wax)
BEN360184 Model of a man whose throat has been cut (wax) by Susini, Clemente (1754-1814); Museo della Specola, Florence, Italy; (add.info)

Background imageWaxwork Collection: Model of a man whose throat has been cut (wax)

Model of a man whose throat has been cut (wax)
BEN360183 Model of a man whose throat has been cut (wax) by Susini, Clemente (1754-1814); Museo della Specola, Florence, Italy; (add.info)

Background imageWaxwork Collection: Wax effigy of William Pitt the Elder, 1775

Wax effigy of William Pitt the Elder, 1775
BAL3348 Wax effigy of William Pitt the Elder, 1775 by Wright, Patience (1725-86); Westminster Abbey, London, UK; (add.info.: William Pitt the Elder, Earl of Chatham (1708-1778)

Background imageWaxwork Collection: Model of a disembowelled woman (wax)

Model of a disembowelled woman (wax)
BEN360182 Model of a disembowelled woman (wax) by Susini, Clemente (1754-1814); Museo della Specola, Florence, Italy; (add.info)

Background imageWaxwork Collection: Holiday time at a waxwork exhibition (engraving)

Holiday time at a waxwork exhibition (engraving)
608682 Holiday time at a waxwork exhibition (engraving) by Macbeth, James (1847-91); Private Collection; (add.info.: Holiday time at a waxwork exhibition; from The Illustrated London News)

Background imageWaxwork Collection: Louis XIII (1601-43) in the workshop of Philippe de Champaigne (1602-74) (wax)

Louis XIII (1601-43) in the workshop of Philippe de Champaigne (1602-74) (wax)
ZEN142499 Louis XIII (1601-43) in the workshop of Philippe de Champaigne (1602-74) (wax) by French School; Musee Grevin de la Belle Epoque, Paris, France; eJ.P. Zenobel; French, out of copyright

Background imageWaxwork Collection: The Dismantable Venus, anatomical model (wax)

The Dismantable Venus, anatomical model (wax)
3900155 The Dismantable Venus, anatomical model (wax) by Susini, Clemente (1754-1814); Museo della Specola, Florence, Italy; (add.info)

Background imageWaxwork Collection: King Edward I and the first prince of wales (b / w photo)

King Edward I and the first prince of wales (b / w photo)
3096256 King Edward I and the first prince of wales (b/w photo) by English Photographer, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: King Edward I and the first prince of wales)

Background imageWaxwork Collection: Marylebone Road, London (b / w photo)

Marylebone Road, London (b / w photo)
3095037 Marylebone Road, London (b/w photo) by English Photographer, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Marylebone Road, London. Postcard, early 20th century.); © Look and Learn

Background imageWaxwork Collection: Waxwork of Madame Tussaud at the age of 90, 1850. (b / w photo)

Waxwork of Madame Tussaud at the age of 90, 1850. (b / w photo)
3105947 Waxwork of Madame Tussaud at the age of 90, 1850. (b/w photo) by English Photographer, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Waxwork of Madame Tussaud at the age of 90, 1850)

Background imageWaxwork Collection: Advert, King Edward I in Madame Tussauds Waxworks

Advert, King Edward I in Madame Tussauds Waxworks. 1880

Background imageWaxwork Collection: John Tussaud in studio 1905 John Tussaud in his studio 1905

John Tussaud in studio 1905 John Tussaud in his studio 1905
John Tussaud at work in his modelling studio. Date: 1905

Background imageWaxwork Collection: Madame Tussaud, literary corner, the grand hall (b / w photo)

Madame Tussaud, literary corner, the grand hall (b / w photo)
3643266 Madame Tussaud, literary corner, the grand hall (b/w photo) by English Photographer, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Madame Tussaud, literary corner, the grand hall)

Background imageWaxwork Collection: Model of a skinless man (wax)

Model of a skinless man (wax)
BEN360194 Model of a skinless man (wax) by Susini, Clemente (1754-1814); Museo della Specola, Florence, Italy; (add.info)

Background imageWaxwork Collection: Bust of a Woman (wax)

Bust of a Woman (wax)
XIL199165 Bust of a Woman (wax) by Duquesnoy, Francois (1594-1643) (attr. to); Musee des Beaux-Arts, Lille, France; Flemish, out of copyright

Background imageWaxwork Collection: Model of a brain (wax)

Model of a brain (wax)
BEN360191 Model of a brain (wax) by Susini, Clemente (1754-1814); Museo della Specola, Florence, Italy; (add.info.: cervello; scultura di cera; ); Photo eRaffaello Bencini; Italian, out of copyright

Background imageWaxwork Collection: Model of the muscle fibres, tendons and trachea of a fly (wax)

Model of the muscle fibres, tendons and trachea of a fly (wax)
BEN360186 Model of the muscle fibres, tendons and trachea of a fly (wax) by Susini, Clemente (1754-1814); Museo della Specola, Florence, Italy; (add.info.: Fibre muscolari)

Background imageWaxwork Collection: Model showing the articulation of the knee (wax)

Model showing the articulation of the knee (wax)
BEN360185 Model showing the articulation of the knee (wax) by Susini, Clemente (1754-1814); Museo della Specola, Florence

Background imageWaxwork Collection: Louis XIV (1638-1715) at Versailles (wax)

Louis XIV (1638-1715) at Versailles (wax)
ZEN144155 Louis XIV (1638-1715) at Versailles (wax) by French School; Musee Grevin de la Belle Epoque, Paris, France; eJ.P. Zenobel; French, out of copyright

Background imageWaxwork Collection: The ascension of Queen Victoria (colour litho)

The ascension of Queen Victoria (colour litho)
3095839 The ascension of Queen Victoria (colour litho) by English School, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: The ascension of Queen Victoria)

Background imageWaxwork Collection: Portrait of Henry Blundell of Ince (1724-1810) 1801 (coloured wax with gilded plaster)

Portrait of Henry Blundell of Ince (1724-1810) 1801 (coloured wax with gilded plaster)
LMG145173 Portrait of Henry Blundell of Ince (1724-1810) 1801 (coloured wax with gilded plaster) by Bullock, George (1777/8-1818); 25.5x19 cm; Leeds Museums and Galleries (Leeds Art Gallery)

Background imageWaxwork Collection: Madame Tussaud & Sons: Holiday time at a waxwork exhibition (engraving)

Madame Tussaud & Sons: Holiday time at a waxwork exhibition (engraving)
604498 Madame Tussaud & Sons: Holiday time at a waxwork exhibition (engraving) by Macbeth, James (1847-91); Private Collection; (add.info.: Madame Tussaud & Sons)

Background imageWaxwork Collection: Model of a skinless man (wax)

Model of a skinless man (wax)
BEN360193 Model of a skinless man (wax) by Susini, Clemente (1754-1814); Museo della Specola, Florence, Italy; (add.info)

Background imageWaxwork Collection: Anatomical model of an old mans head (wax)

Anatomical model of an old mans head (wax)
BEN360192 Anatomical model of an old mans head (wax) by Zumbo, Gaetano (1656-1701); Museo della Specola, Florence, Italy; (add.info)



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"Waxwork: A Fascinating Journey Through History and Art" Step into the mesmerizing world of waxworks, where history comes to life and artistry knows no bounds. From the iconic effigy of Lord Nelson at Westminster Abbey in London to the captivating portrayal of Joanna Lumley as Purdey in The New Avengers TV Series, these wax figures have enthralled audiences for centuries. In 1872, visitors marveled at the lifelike waxwork effigies that adorned Westminster Abbey, capturing historical figures with astonishing detail. Among them stood Lord Nelson, a symbol of bravery and naval prowess forever immortalized in this unique medium. Venturing further into the realm of imagination, one could encounter a model depicting twins nestled within their mother's womb. Crafted entirely from wax, this intricate creation showcases both scientific curiosity and artistic ingenuity. The Dismantable Venus anatomical model stands as a testament to human anatomy exploration through wax sculptures. Its meticulous craftsmanship reveals an intricate understanding of our inner workings while simultaneously evoking awe-inspiring beauty. Not limited to historical or scientific subjects alone, waxworks also capture moments from popular culture. A caricatured depiction of Ambrose Maynard, a theatrical agent known for his flamboyance on stage and off it, adds a touch of humor amidst the array of serious portrayals. Delving deeper into contemporary history is an enchanting display featuring Florence Nightingale's original dress. Preserved meticulously in wax form, it serves as a tribute to her pioneering work in nursing during Victorian times. No collection would be complete without paying homage to influential political figures like Mrs Thatcher. In 1989 at Friargate Waxworks in York, visitors encountered her strikingly accurate representation—a testament to both her impact on society and the skillful hands behind its creation. Wax casts hold another dimension altogether; Jean-Baptiste Troppmann's hand cast from 1869 stands as a chilling reminder of his heinous crimes.