Advert for Madame Tussaud's 1323
Printer: Grant & Co.
Medium: Print on paper
This ia a leaflet for Madame Tussaud's Waxwork museum. Marie Tussaud was an apprentice wax modeller and was also art tutor to King Louis XVI of France’s sister. She toured England with her collection of models, finding that her most popular exhibits were the death masks of prisoners who had been guillotined during the French Revolution, as well as the blade that had been used to behead Marie Antoinette. These exhibits, she kept in a separate room so those visitors with a nervous disposition could avoid looking at them. She opened a wax museum in Baker Street in 1835, complete with the infamous ‘Chamber of Horrors’, which included a reconstruction of the streets of London stalked by Jack the Ripper.