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Andras, Catherine, 1775–1860

Rose Bruce, of Dublin.

Additional Title(s):

Rose Rainey

Bristol, England, 1799
Physical Description:
1 sculpture : painted wax ; figure 18 cm high x 19 cm wide (at base), in shadow box 33 x 28 x 13 cm
Rare Books and Manuscripts
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Fund
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Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Three-Dimensional Artifacts
Catherine Andras (1775-1860) was born in Bristol and briefly active there, before moving in with the family of Robert Bowyer, in London. She exhibited at the Royal Academy from 1799 to 1824. In 1802 she was appointed Modeller in Wax to Queen Charlotte. Also in 1802, she was awarded The Larger Silver Pallet by the Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce for her models of Princess Charlotte and Lord Nelson.
Another copy of the sculpture is present in the collections of the National Gallery of Ireland (NGI.8080).
The sculpture was accompanied by an autograph manuscript account, dated 1807, by the sitter's son, Robert Bruce, relating to this portrait and the sitter's history. It reads: "The hand carved effigy of Rose Bruce, widow of Samuel Bruce, minister of Shand Street Meeting House in Dublin. This exemplary woman, left a widow when little more than 38 years of age, with 5 sons and two daughters, the eldest not having attained his 14th year, devoted herself to the welfare ... giving the most liberal education and some accomplishments to all her children, except the young son, who died an infant ... The whole income with which she managed to effect these objects, being considerably under £300 p. ann. and without assistance either pecuniary or otherwise ... She was the eldest daughter of Robert Rainey of Magherap Co., Antrim, born 11th July 1728, married in 1751 ... This effigy was model'd from the life in 1799 while she was on a visit to her son Robert [b. 1782], by Catherine Andrews [i.e., Andras], now of London. Robert Bruce, 1807."
Possibly exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1800. Graves lists "No. 805, Lady in wax" as one of the three pieces that Andras exhibited in that year.
Roscoe, I. A biographical dictionary of sculptors in Britain, 1660-1851, page 17, no. 1
Pyke, E.J. A biographical dictionary of wax modellers, page 5
Graves, A. Royal Academy of Arts (1905), v. 1, page 34
National Gallery of Ireland. Catalogue of the sculptures, 1975, page 5
Painted wax sculpture depicting Rose Bruce (née Rainey), seated, in dress with ruffled collar, and ruffled hat. In contemporary gilt shadow box; the glass front is oval framed.
Subject Terms:
Bruce, Rose, 1728-1806.
Portrait sculpture.
Waxworks (sculpture)
Bruce, Robert, 1782-
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