Waxes by Peter Rouw (1771-1852)

Peter Rouw was an Anglo-Dutch artist modeller, who produced likenesses of many important people in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. We have two examples of his work, one an unknown gentleman of middle age in conventional dress of the period, the other, an imperial figure in Roman costume. The most likely candidates for such a treatment are either the Prince Regent (later to become George IV) or Emperor Alexander I of Russia. Rouw produced intaglios and wax images of both, the latter commissioned by the famous industrialist, Matthew Boulton. The likeness is closer to the rather corpulent Prince Regent.

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