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One of a variety of finishes used by sculptors on metal, it is a technique involving naturally or artificially created surface alterations. It also includes coatings applied such as drying oils and paint. Bronzes may be coloured by patination with chemicals; colours can vary from deep brown, through gold, to greens and blues resembling the natural corrosion of the metal. A chemically patinated surface could then be coated with a drying oil and a lacquer to give a gloss or more colour.

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Colley Cibber
possibly from the studio of Sir Henry Cheere, 1st Bt
circa 1740
NPG 1045

Carlo Marochetti
by Gabriele Ambrosio
NPG 1038

Joseph Lister, Baron Lister
by Sir Thomas Brock
circa 1912-1913
NPG 1958

Sir William Turner Walton
by Maurice Lambert
circa 1925
NPG 5913

Lynn Seymour
by Andrew Logan
NPG 6222

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