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.
Miss Linwood’s Exhibition showed needlework copies of the paintings of the Old Masters.