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Medal - Paris Universal Exhibition of 1867 - Napoleon III
  • Paris Universal Exhibition of 1867 - Napoleon III
    Ponscarme, François Joseph Hubert, born 1827 - died 1903
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Paris Universal Exhibition of 1867 - Napoleon III

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Paris (made)

  • Date:

    1866-1867 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Ponscarme, François Joseph Hubert, born 1827 - died 1903 (medallist)
    Ponscarme, François Joseph Hubert, born 1827 - died 1903 (engraver)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Struck copper alloy

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mr and Mrs Fowke Mangeot

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This is a prize medal for the Universal Exhibition held in Paris in 1867. It was awarded to Francis Fowke, the Royal Engineer responsible for designing many of the early buidings of the V&A as well as those for the Great Exhibition held in London in 1862. He had died in December 1865, so this medal was awarded to him posthumously.

The original owner of these medals, Captain Fowke of the Royal Engineers, became a distinguished official architect in the middle of the Victorian era, and published a number of related papers. In 1857 he became an inspector in the Science and Art Department in London; in 1860 was added the office of architect and engineer; while in 1862 he was appointed Superintendent of the construction of the South Kensington (now Victoria and Albert) Museum. He designed the new Museum of Science and Art (now the Royal Scottish Museum) Edinburgh, as well as extensions at the National Gallery, Dublin. He planned the buildings for the International Exhibition of 1862. Shortly before his death he designed the Royal Albert Hall.

Physical description

Obverse: Profile portrait of Napoleon III to left, crowned with laurel wreath. Legend.
Reverse: Two winged putti representing Fame hold a cartouche, which is inscribed, above an imperial eagle and below a laurel wreath. Legend.

Place of Origin

Paris (made)


1866-1867 (made)


Ponscarme, François Joseph Hubert, born 1827 - died 1903 (medallist)
Ponscarme, François Joseph Hubert, born 1827 - died 1903 (engraver)

Materials and Techniques

Struck copper alloy

Marks and inscriptions

Napoleon III, Emperor /
First Prize, Universal Exhibition of 1867 at Paris. The late Captain Fowke.
obverse, to left and to the right of head.

'F' for fecit = made
obverse, below truncation

reverse, around

reverse, inscribed below

'The Late Captain Fowke'
reverse, in cartouche


Diameter: 67.9 mm

Object history note

Given by Mr & Mrs Fowke Mangeot, Suffolk, in 1976. Formerly owned by the family of Capt. Francis Fowke RE, and then by descent to the donor, Mrs. Fowke Mangeot. This medal was one of seven of the collection (A.11 to A.17-1976) charting the career of Captain Fowke, which were exhibited at the Objects Exhibition at the V&A, 1978.

Descriptive line

First prize medal of the 1867 International Exhibition in Paris, struck bronze, by Hubert Ponscarme, French, 19th century, 1867.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Forrer, L. Biographical Dictionary of Medallists, IV, London, 1904, pp. 654-664

Production Note

Medal for the Paris Universal Exhibition of 1867





Subjects depicted

Eagle; Laurel wreath; Cartouche; Putti


Sculpture; Portraits; Coins & Medals; Royalty


Sculpture Collection

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