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The Story of Colour
Mr. Joseph Tussaud modelled a portrait of the sergeant, who had an honoured place in the Exhibition for several years.
His gift to Madame Tussaud's
He gave a piece of flag and his boots to Madame Tussaud's Exhibition as a small offering to those of the British public who, as he quaintly remarked, worship such things, and who find at Madame Tussaud's perhaps the best field for the satisfaction of their curiosity.
My first model
The first portrait I was entrusted with, as my father's understudy, was that of Prince Milan of Serbia, the Memory of whom has long since passed into oblivion, like that of many others whose stay has been brief among the figures.
Confession and death
People flocked to see the Claimant's portrait when it was added to the collection, and perhaps that was the first time one saw queues assembled outside the doors of Madame Tussaud's.
H. M. Stanley sits to Joseph Tussaud
When my father wrote to Stanley asking for a sitting, he replied that he was too heavily engaged at the time writing his book How I Found Livingstone, and he proposed that the artist should call and make a study of him at his desk. This he did, with the happy result that he produced a very striking portrait.
The Shah of Persia's visit
Not only did people expect to discover King Koffee's portrait, but they also clamoured to see his famous umbrella, which Wolseley borrowed from His Majesty's mud-palace at Coomassie, and obviously failed to return.
"The People's Tribute" finds a home at Tussaud's
The portrait of the Queen had now to be remodelled; that of the Prince of Wales appeared in the garb of a big-game hunter, and Disraeli's doffed its ordinary attire for the robes of a peer.
Lord Roberts inspects the model of himself
The requirements of the business have often necessitated our sending fairly far afield in quest of exhibits, and this has seldom been done without success, as people with desirable relics to dispose of appear to have recognised the claims of Madame Tussaud's.
His widow clothes the model
Of all the portraits of my own modelling, I think, if I may be permitted to express an opinion, I like that of Lord Tennyson as well as any. It revives pleasant memories, and I will ask my readers if I may bring my wife into this part of my story.
Baron Grant's staircase
After fifty prosperous years at the old Baker Street Rooms—now known as the Portman Rooms—it became necessary that Madame Tussaud's should find more commodious premises to meet the growing popularity of the Exhibition.
King of Siam's visit
The King of Siam was a very decorous and unassuming little gentleman, who gave no hint of disappointment that his own portrait did not appear in the collection, while I wondered, as I walked with him, whether he regretted or welcomed the omission.
Queen Victoria's copperplates
But what did he say to that waxen presentment? The features of the model were certainly rather darker than those of the Shah, but the observation in Persian of the monarch was darker still—at any rate to me.
King Alphonso and Princess Ena
Madame Tussaud's was one of the last places visited by the King of Spain and Princess Ena before they left this country for their wedding at Madrid in May, 1906.
The Begum of Bhopal pays us a visit
Lord Rosebery has more than once visited Madame Tussaud's, and made a fairly long stay on each occasion. Only very recently he and Lord Annaly, Lord-in-Waiting to the King, came to the Exhibition together.
Tussaud's as educator
A French Ambassador is reported to have said, A day in Tussaud's is worth a year at Oxford. It fixes history as no tutor could.
Stars of the stage in my studio
People sometimes ask me how my portraits are taken, and how my subjects sit to me. It is very much with my work as it is with the work of a sculptor. The sculptor reproduces his work in marble or bronze, and I execute mine in wax, both working from a first impression in clay.
Literary sitters
Mr. G. R. Sims was a cheery, entertaining sitter; not, perhaps, what most artists would consider a helpful one. His active mind busied itself with every object of interest around him. He would know all about them, and tell each off with some droll quip or whimsical jest.
The Royal Family
I take from my shelves the Journal de Madame Eloff—the ledger containing the milliner and dressmaker's bills of a perhaps too extravagant young Queen —an endless catalogue of taffetas and satins, gauze and ribbons, high-heeled shoes and embroidered gloves, scent-bottles, reticules, feathers, artificial flowers and fans.
More sitters
The most restless of all my sitters was the Right Honourable John Burns, when he was plain John Burns. I modelled him in the year 1889 or 1890, at the time of the great Dock Strike.
Bank Holiday queues
The four regular Bank Holidays of the year are great occasions at Madame Tussaud's. On each of them the precincts of Tussaud's show signs of activity long before the average Londoner is astir.
The mysterious Sun Yat Sen's visit
Once in its long history Madame Tussaud's Exhibition opened on a Sunday—not, however, to the general public. The occasion was special and, in a way, mysterious. It had to do with one of the most dramatic personalities of the Chinese Empire and Republic.
A miscellany of humour
Many of our visitors will remember the model of the policeman which stands at the entrance to the main gallery in the Exhibition. Hundreds—I might say thousands—of visitors have been taken in by this lifelike officer, who is the embodiment of a genial bobby prepared at any moment to show the way or tell the time.
The lure of horrors
In citing the old aphorism that society itself creates the crimes that most beset it, we shall in no way be tempted to regard the popularity of the Chamber of Horrors as due to any desire on the part of the people to visit the place with the object of gazing upon the result of their own handiwork.
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