1808.049: Exhibition Notice for Historical Pieces of Wax Work (B).

Published: 1808

Full Title: To the curious. There is now exhibiting at [blank] an ingenious and entertaining variety of historical pieces of wax work … Richmond, Printed by T. Nicolson (near the Virginia Bank.

Author: Museum of Wax Work (1808)

Place Issued: Richmond

Issuing Press: Thomas Nicolson

Description: 1 sheet [1 pg.]; 29 cm, x 21 cm. (broadside).


The only known exhibition of wax figures in Richmond in 1808 was advertised in the city's newspapers that November, making this item one of the last identifiable Thomas Nicolson imprints; he died in Richmond on November 10, 1808 at about fifty-eight years-of-age. Those advertising notices report that the exhibition of "the celebrated Museum of Wax-Work" consisted of "thirty selected figures, from the first collection in America, which is particularly described in hand-bills." This item was one of two such hand-bills that have survived in the Library of Congress; the content herein described biblical figures in the exhibition; while the other (1808.048) focused on royal personages and their courts.

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