"We varied the legal character of these proceedings by going to see some perspiring Wax-work"

Waxwork exhibits were very popular, and Charles Dickens writes about these more extensively in The Old Curiosity Shop (1840-1841).

Perhaps the best known wax exhibition was that of Madame Tussaud's (1761-1850), who began her career as a wax sculptress under the training of Philippe Curtius (1741-1794). His first waxwork exhibit had been in 1770 Paris.

The French Revolution prompted her to move to England, where she established her first waxwork exhibition in London in 1835.