A variety of finishes are available to sculptors, some involving colour. Bronze may be coloured by patination with chemicals; colours can vary from deep brown, gold, to greens and blues reminiscent of the natural corrosion of the metal. Stone can be given a highly smooth finish using abrasives or be left in a more rugged, natural state. Wood can be left natural, or polished, or painted; ceramics may be glazed, which involves firing them to melt the glass in the glaze. New materials are generally painted, although clear resins can be very effective uncoloured. Plaster needs a protective coating of wax or varnish.
possibly from the studio of Sir Henry Cheere, 1st Bt
Unknown sitter, formerly known as William Whiston
by Unknown artist
by Maurice Lambert
1985, based on a work of circa 1926-1927
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