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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
NPG 4887

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

Ludwig Mond
by Edward (Edouard) Lanteri
NPG 6359

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

Carlo Marochetti
by Gabriele Ambrosio
NPG 1038

King Edward VII
by Sydney March
1924, based on a work of 1901
NPG 2019

Frederic Leighton, Baron Leighton
after Sir Thomas Brock
1923, based on a work of 1892
NPG 1957a

William Blake
after James Deville
1953, based on a work of 1823
NPG 1809a

Aneurin Bevan
by Peter Lambda
1974, based on a work of 1945
NPG 4993

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