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A sculpture of a whole three-dimensional figure or animal carved or modelled on all sides in a material such as wood, bronze or stone, usually life-size or larger.

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Edward William Lane
by Richard James Lane
NPG 940

Francis Bacon, 1st Viscount St Alban
by Elkington & Co, cast by Domenico Brucciani, after Unknown artist
circa 1875, based on a work of 1630s
NPG 408

Queen Victoria
by Sir Thomas Brock
before 1902
NPG 6174

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Self-portrait as My Father from the series Encounter  by Silvia Rosi © Silvia Rosi

Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize

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Margaret Thatcher by Spitting Images Productions Ltd painted plastic, 1985

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