Bronze

Though not easy to work with, bronze, an alloy of copper and tin, is one of the strongest materials used in sculpture. The most successful method used is casting, where a hollow mould of the sculpture is filled with molten bronze. The lustre and durability of bronze has made it the preferred material for small sculpture that is intended to be picked up, handled. Its tensile strength means that it can be used to create compositions that would need supports if other materials were used.

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Richard Payne Knight, by John Bacon the Younger, 1814 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Richard Payne Knight
by John Bacon the Younger
1814
NPG 4887

Sir Marc Isambard Brunel, by Pierre-Jean David D

Sir Marc Isambard Brunel
by Pierre-Jean David D'Angers
1828
NPG 5434

Ludwig Mond, by Edward (Edouard) Lanteri,  - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Ludwig Mond
by Edward (Edouard) Lanteri
NPG 6359

Elizabeth Barrett Browning; Robert Browning, by Harriet Goodhue Hosmer, 1853 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Elizabeth Barrett Browning; Robert Browning
by Harriet Goodhue Hosmer
1853
NPG 3165

Florence Nightingale, by Sir John Robert Steell, cast by  Alessandro Parlanti, 1862 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Florence Nightingale
by Sir John Robert Steell, cast by Alessandro Parlanti
1862
NPG 1748

King Edward VII, by Sydney March, 1924 (1901) - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

King Edward VII
by Sydney March
1924 (1901)
NPG 2019

Frederic Leighton, Baron Leighton, after Sir Thomas Brock, 1923 (1892) - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Frederic Leighton, Baron Leighton
after Sir Thomas Brock
1923 (1892)
NPG 1957a

William Blake, after James Deville, 1953 (1823) - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

William Blake
after James Deville
1953 (1823)
NPG 1809a

Aneurin Bevan, by Peter Lambda, 1945 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Aneurin Bevan
by Peter Lambda
1945
NPG 4993

David Emery Gascoyne, by Gertrude Hermes, 1956 - NPG  - Photograph © National Portrait Gallery, London

David Emery Gascoyne
by Gertrude Hermes
1956
NPG 5971

Sir (Philip) Christopher Ondaatje, by Sarath Chandrajeewa, 1990 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Sir (Philip) Christopher Ondaatje
by Sarath Chandrajeewa
1990
NPG 6809

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