Lying Yorkshire Terrier sculpture

The life-sized Lying Yorkshire Terrier sculpture by Tanya Russell, ARBS. Limited edition, from the ‘Affection’ range. Handmade in England. Also available as a Yorkshire Terrier Pair.

Lying Yorkshire Terrier


Material: either Bronze Resin or Foundry Bronze

Size: H:330 W:470 D:350 mm, H:13 W:18 D:14 inches

Bronze Resin, Edition 25: Price £720. 

Foundry Bronze, Edition 25: Price £3,150. 

(Prices include VAT and exclude delivery)

To purchase the Lying Yorkshire Terrier sculpture please contact the artist. As this artwork is handmade colour and weight can vary slightly.

Materials explained

Bronze Resin (known also as Cold Cast Bronze) is made from a polyester epoxy resin with real bronze powder mixed into the surface layer. The final product is patinated (a term that describes the reaction of chemicals with the bronze powder in the surface) to give it a very similar colour to foundry bronze.

Foundry Bronze is made from molten metal using the lost wax method. Bronze metal is a blend of copper and tin along with other metals to give different characteristics to the final product.

Both forms begin as a clay or wax sculpture, from which a mould is taken, but Foundry Bronze casting is a costly and time-consuming process. Cold Casting allows for faster production and a more affordable sculpture.

The intention and process behind the Lying Yorkshire Terrier sculpture

This Lying Yorkshire Terrier sculpture was modelled on Ben. Ben was commissioned with his companion Charlie as a pair, though while I was able to meet Charlie, sadly I didn’t have the pleasure of meeting Ben as he’d passed away. I visited Charlie and took lots of photographs and measurements of him in a variety of poses, and I worked from photos of Ben taken by his family. After that, with his owners, I decided which pose would suit Charlie and Ben best, then proceeded to model them both in clay.

Once I’d sculpted Charlie a rubber mould was taken, with ‘keys’ placed in the rubber to ensure proper positioning. Then a shell of fibreglass was applied, to protect the mould and support it during the casting process. Charlie was originally commissioned in Bronze Resin.