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Re: Off with their heads: 3D scans reveal Lord Nelson's secrets

Don Seltzer



...Scanning of the wax portrait heads, made at the time of their deaths in 1805 and 1806,...

... Nelson sat for his portrait, made by wax artist Patience Wright, whose double life might have surprised the admiral – she was also an American spy, who enclosed secret messages in the wax busts she sent to the US.


I am trying to imagine Admiral Nelson sitting for his portrait after his death.  And his willingness to do so for a sculptor who had died two decades earlier, in 1786.


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