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Medal - The Emin Pasha Relief Expedition
  • The Emin Pasha Relief Expedition
    Hallé, Elinor, born 1856
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The Emin Pasha Relief Expedition

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1890 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Hallé, Elinor, born 1856 (medallist)
    Thomas Moore of Thames Ditton (casters)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Bronze, cast

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the Royal Geographical Society

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Sculpture, Room 111, The Gilbert Bayes Gallery, case DR14

Emin Pasha, the Governor of Egyptian Sudan, was rescued from an uprising by a party led by the famous explorer Henry Morton Stanley. Five out of the nine Europeans died during the expedition. In commemoration, the Royal Geographical Society commissioned a medal. It was designed by a woman, which was unusual at that time.

Physical description

Bronze medal. Obv. bust portrait of Henry Morton Stanley and inscription 'H.M Stanley presented by the Royal Geographical Society MDCCCXC' Rev., a seated female figure emblematical of Africa holding two jars from which water is flowing, with her foot upon a crocodile; in the background are mountains and the sun setiing behind a forest; inscribed 'Congo Nile Rvwenzori 1887-1889.' Signed 'Elinor Hallé'

Place of Origin

England (made)


1890 (made)


Hallé, Elinor, born 1856 (medallist)
Thomas Moore of Thames Ditton (casters)

Materials and Techniques

Bronze, cast


Diameter: 12.3 cm

Object history note

Given by the Royal Geographical Society.

Descriptive line

Medal, bronze, England, by Elinor Hallé, 1890

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

List of Objects in the Art Division South Kensington Museum acquired during the Year 1890. Arranged according to the dates of acquisition, with appendix and indices. London: Eyre and Spottiswoode, 1891. pp. 42
Attwood, Philip. Artisitc Circles. British Museum. 1992. no. 17. pp. 27
Spielmann, M.H. British Sculpture and Sculptors of Today. London. 1901.
Brown, Laurence. British Historical Medals. Seaby. 1980. pp. 402-4



Subjects depicted

Female; Crocodile


Coins & Medals; Sculpture; Portraits


Sculpture Collection

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