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Electrotyping

A process invented in the mid-nineteenth century, using an electric current to deposit metal onto an object or cast. Electrotypes were often backed with other metals, such as lead, to give strength to the shell and make them as heavy as a cast sculpture. The development of this technique gave rise to the mass production of affordable works of art and decoration for the general public.

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King Edward II
by Elkington & Co, cast by Domenico Brucciani, after Unknown artist
1877, based on a work of circa 1330s
NPG 439

Edward, Prince of Wales
by Elkington & Co, cast by Domenico Brucciani, after Unknown artist
1875, based on a work of circa 1377
NPG 396

Queen Mary I
after Jacopo da Trezzo
19th century, based on a work of circa 1555
NPG 446(1)

Anne of Bohemia
by Elkington & Co, cast by Domenico Brucciani, after Nicholas Broker, and Godfrey Prest
1873, based on a work of circa 1395-1397
NPG 331

Lady Margaret Beaufort, Countess of Richmond and Derby
after Pietro Torrigiano
1875, based on a work of circa 1514
NPG 356

Hubert Le Sueur
after a medal attributed to Claude Warin
based on a work of 1635
NPG 939

Queen Elizabeth I
by Unknown artist
19th century, based on a work from the late 16th century
NPG 446

Tom Sayers
by Morris Singer & Co Ltd, after Angelo Francesco Bezzi
1960, based on a work of before 1867
NPG 2465a

William Buckland
by Elkington & Co, after Henry Weekes
1869, based on a work of 1858
NPG 255

Richard Porson
by Elkington & Co, after a bust by Giovanni Domenico Giannelli
1883, based on a work of 1808
NPG 673a

John Keats
by Elkington & Co, after Benjamin Robert Haydon
1884, based on a work of 1816
NPG 686b

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