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Chasing

A final process used in finishing a sculpture made in bronze. Once cast and cooled chisels and punches are used to remove imperfections and holes, and to create fine detail. The surface is then polished and smoothed down.

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

Sir James Dewar
by Carmelo Cernigliari-Melilli
1906
NPG 2118

Albert Ball
by Henry Poole
1920s
NPG 2277

Sir Osbert Sitwell
by Frank Owen Dobson
1994, based on a work of 1922
NPG 6321

Sir William Turner Walton
by Maurice Lambert
circa 1925
NPG 5913

Aldous Huxley
by Paul Hamann
1981, based on a work of 1930
NPG 5403

King George VI
by Leon Underwood
1937
NPG 6356

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