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Casting

A process of producing a sculpture not by direct carving, but by taking a mould-making from an original which is often of a less durable substance such as clay. A cast of the final sculpture is made usually by pouring the raw material, such as bronze, into the mould as a liquid and allowing it to set.

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James Wolfe
by Joseph Wilton
circa 1760
NPG 4415

Florence Nightingale
by Sir John Robert Steell, cast by Alessandro Parlanti
1859-1862
NPG 1748

William Ernest Henley
by Auguste Rodin
1884-1886
NPG 1697

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

Joseph Lister, Baron Lister
by Sir Thomas Brock
1927, based on a work of circa 1912-1913
NPG 1958a

John Hunter
by Unknown artist
1962, based on a work of circa 1785
NPG 4288

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