Madame Tussaud bust of George III

When

  • Daily until 29 September 2019

Ticketing information

Included in Kew Gardens admission

Madame Tussaud, born Marie Grosholtz in Straßburg in 1761, learned her trade with the German wax sculptor Philippe Curtius who had several successful wax figure cabinets in Paris in the 1770s.

By 1803 Mme Tussaud had achieved great success after moving her work to London where she added figures of British royalty to her collection. We know that she made a waxwork of George III 'from life' to celebrate the King’s Golden Jubilee of 1810.

The wax cast you can see at Kew Palace was produced in 1996-7 from an original mould kept at Madame Tussauds'. It has been painted taking inspiration from contemporary portraits of the King.

 

Front view of the King George III bust at Kew Palace

When the wax head is not on display, it is kept in the dress stores at Kensington Palace. Whenever I show the stores to visitors I ceremoniously open the box without telling them what’s inside. The wax head is so life-like that it really startles people. I know it’s a cheap trick but I quite enjoy it.

Beatrice Behlen, Curator

A Georgian cook in red and white overalls prepares food in the Royal Kitchens at Kew Palace
Things to see

Get a fascinating insight into Georgian life at Kew Palace in the Royal Kitchens, preserved as they were in 1818.

Open daily until 29 September 2019

Kew Palace

Included in Kew Gardens admission

Queen Charlotte's Cottage surrounded by trees and garden under a blue sky
Things to see

Discover a queen's rustic country retreat in the grounds of Kew Palace with a visit to Queen Charlotte’s Cottage.

Open weekends only until 29 September 2019

Kew Palace

11:00-16:00

Included in Kew Gardens admission

An artist character stood painting in Kensington Palace
Families

Meet a character from history, explore the palace, complete challenges and win a badge in your digital mission.

Daily

Kensington Palace

Included in palace admission (members go free)

Kew Palace - Georgian architecture

Shop Georgian Gifts

The Georgian era was a time of elegance and enlightenment and this popular age has inspired our collection of books, luxury gifts, exquisite jewellery and unique dress up.

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Selection of books

Shop HRP Books & Publications

Discover books inspired by the palaces in our care, learn about fascinating periods of British history, including our official palace guide books, children's books and more.

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A selection of silver jewellery celebrating the conservation of the Great Pagoda at Kew Gardens.

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