Madame Tussaud: And the History of Waxworks

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A&C Black, Aug 10, 2006 - Biography & Autobiography - 288 pages
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Tussaud's catered for the public's fascination with monarchy, whether Henry VIII and his wives or Queen Victoria, as well as for their love of history, acting as an accessible and enjoyable museum. This work looks at Madame Tussaud herself and her exhibition as part of the wider history of wax modelling and of popular entertainment.
  

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Contents

The Wax Salon
17
Revolutionary Paris
37
Antoine FouquierTinville
55
The Travelling Wax Exhibition
65
Advertisement for Madame Tussauds collection of figures
67
Advertisement for Madame Tussauds Exhibition at the Reindeer Inn Hull February 1812
70
Waterloo Place Edinburgh engraving by Thomas Shepherd
74
The Bristol Riots of 1831
76
Advertisement for Madame Tussauds following the death of the Duke of Wellington 1852
117
Punchs description of the Chamber of Horrors 1849
123
Wax Rivals
131
Handbill for Reimers Anatomical and Ethnological Museum 1854
140
From the Great Exhibition to the First World War
153
Wylds Great Globe 1851 exterior
154
Wylds Great Globe 1851 interior
155
Silhouette of the Tussaud family
167

The Polytechnic Regents Street
88
The Colosseum
90
The Baker Street Bazaar
97
Old Grays Inn Road 1828
101
Madame Tussaud
105
The Baker Street Bazaar interior
106
Tableau of George IV in his coronation robes
107
Crowds swarm over Napoleons coach at Bullocks Museum
110
Advertisement for Madame Tussauds 1846
114
Characters at Madame Tussauds come to life
115
Madame Tussauds catalogue 17273
173
Cover of Madame Tussauds catalogue 1892
178
Instruments of Torture 18184
181
Cover of Madame Tussauds catalogue 1897
187
Waxworks in the Age of Film
193
The Appeal of Waxworks
221
Notes
245
Bibliography
265
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About the author (2006)

Pamela Pilbeam is the author of The Middle Classes in Europe, 1789-1914. She is Professor of French History at Royal Holloway, University of London.

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