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Medal - William Wellesley-Pole, 3rd Earl of Mornington and 1st Baron Maryborough
  • William Wellesley-Pole, 3rd Earl of Mornington and 1st Baron Maryborough
    Pistrucci, Benedetto, born 1784 - died 1855
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William Wellesley-Pole, 3rd Earl of Mornington and 1st Baron Maryborough

  • Object:

    Medal

  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    1823 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Pistrucci, Benedetto, born 1784 - died 1855 (medallist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Bronze, struck

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mrs J. Hull Grundy

  • Museum number:

    A.100-1980

  • Gallery location:

    Sculpture, Room 111, The Gilbert Bayes Gallery, case DR13

Pistrucci was an Italian gem engraver who worked at the Royal Mint from 1816 and later became Chief Engraver. The sitter here was a Master of the Mint. Pistrucci worked in a pared-down Neo-classical style and brought a continental influence to the English medal.

Physical description

Obverse: bare head of Lord Maryborough, facing right.
Reverse: Inscription

Place of Origin

London (made)

Date

1823 (made)

Artist/maker

Pistrucci, Benedetto, born 1784 - died 1855 (medallist)

Materials and Techniques

Bronze, struck

Marks and inscriptions

'IN . HONOREM / VIRI . PRAENOR . G . V . POLE / BARON . MARYBOROUGH / REBVS / MONET . PER . ANN . IX . PRAEPECTI / QVLNVMOS : BRITANN / LONGO . VSO . DETRITOS / NON . SOLVM . IN . PRISTINVM . NITOREM . RESTITVIT / SED / NOVOS . / SED / PVLCHRIORES . REDDIDIT / ET . QVI . IN . NVMIS . REMITTENDIS / IN . OMNES . PARTES . REGIONIS / EA . SAPIENTIA . REM . GESSIT . VT . VBIQVE . EODEM . FERE . TEMPORE / VETVS / MONETA / IN DESVETVDINEM . ABIIT / ATQVE . IN . PVBLICA . COMMODA . DITO . NOVA . ADHIBITA / NVMVM . HVNC / OBSERVANT ATQVE . AMICIT . MONVMENTVM . CVDI FECERVNT . MONETARII / IN . OFFICINA . REGIA . LOND / A . S . MDCCCXXIII'
'In honour of that remarkable man, William Wellesley Pole, Baron Maryborough, for nine years Master of the Mint, who not only restored the British coinage, worn out by long use, to its original splendour, but made it new and more beautiful. He organised the despatch of coins into all parts of the country with such skill that almost simultaneously everywhere the old money passed into disuse, and the new was swiftly brought into public use. The moneyers caused this medal, a memorial of their regard and friendship, to be struck at the Royal Mint in London, 1823'
reverse

Dimensions

Diameter: 5.07 cm

Object history note

Given by Professor J. Hull Grundy and Mrs. Ann Hull Grundy, in 1980.

Descriptive line

Medal, bronze, portrait of Lord Maryborough, Master of the Mint, by Benedetto Pistrucci, England (London), 1823

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

Brown, Lawrence. British Historical Medals 1760-1960, Vol I, The Accession of George III to the Death of William IV, London, 1980, cat. no. 1211
Trusted, Marjorie, ed. The Making of Sculpture. The Materials and Techniques of European Sculpture. London: 2007, p. 89, plate 153

Materials

Bronze

Categories

Coins & Medals; Portraits; Sculpture

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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