A Rare Pair of 19th Century Electrotype Copper Profile Portrait Bust Reliefs of Wellington & Napoleon
English Circa 1840
Signed beneath the truncation, N. Palmer S.C. (probably Nathaniel Palmer, active 1829-1846).
Both unframed oval copper plaques depicting portrait busts in high relief – on the left that of Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington (1769-1852), on the right that of Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821).
Measuring 12” x 10.5” x 1.75” and 12.5” x 11” x 1.75” respectively, both exhibiting a fine patina overall.
A pair of 19th C electrotype copper portrait reliefs of Wellington & Napoleon
Reference: A profile portrait relief in wax, titled ‘Unknown Man’ signed N. Palmer is in the collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum with an attribution to Nathaniel Palmer, working 1829-1846.