A mixture of lime, sand and water. When used for sculpture, plaster can be used to make mould-making and casts or initial small-scale or full-scale models. Plaster of Paris (also called gesso) is made by heating gypsum and then crushing it to a fine powder, which when mixed with water, sets to a hard brittle solid. It is relatively cheap, fine-textured, easily mixed and quick-setting. Ideal mould-making material, it flows easily into gaps and during the process of drying expands slightly, forcing the plaster into the finer details of the mould.
after Pietro Torrigiano
Mary, Queen of Scots
after Cornelius and William Cure
1870, based on a work of 1606-1616
by Horace Montford, after a bust attributed to Edward Pearce
circa 1860-1919, based on a work of circa 1660
by Lucius Gahagan
Edward William Lane
by Richard James Lane
Sir Osbert Sitwell
by Frank Owen Dobson
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