A Woman with Children Gathering Apples
Samuel Percy (1750-1820)
Wax in gilt wood frame
Museum no. A.12-1970
Samuel Percy was one of the most popular and prolific wax modellers of the late 18th and early 19th century in Britain and specialized in portrait waxes as well as genre scenes such as this one. Wax has been used to create a wide variety of works of art, from sketching out objects as small and detailed as a rosary bead to sculptures as large and powerful as a monumental marble by Giambologna. In addition it is a versatile sculptural material in its own right, exhibiting on a small scale arresting dramatic qualities and often astonishing verisimilitude.