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Medal - Inauguration of the Eastern Algerian Railway from Algiers to Constantine

Inauguration of the Eastern Algerian Railway from Algiers to Constantine

  • Object:

    Medal

  • Place of origin:

    Paris (made)

  • Date:

    1886 (cast)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Roty, Oscar, born 1846 - died 1911 (medallist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Bronze, cast, uniface

  • Museum number:

    664-1894

  • Gallery location:

    Sculpture, Room 111, The Gilbert Bayes Gallery, case DR15

Here Roty uses the Art Nouveau style to celebrate an engineering achievement. On the obverse, personifications of Algiers and Constantinople embrace each other, flanked by views of the two cities. On the reverse there is an allegorical female figure, holding a cornucopia to symbolise Abundance. On the reverse, the legend in French, reads: 'Opening of the Algiers to Constantinople line, 3 November 1886'. On the obverse, the legend in French gives the name of the railway, the dates of the laws under which it was constructed and the names of the officials and enginners. This medal was purchased direct from the artist. This medal was purchased direct from the artist.

Physical description

Obverse of a medal, cast bronze, commemorating the opening of the Eastern Algerian Railway from Algiers to Constantine; two female figures representing the two cities and wearing crowns are embracing one another. The two cities themselves are seen on either side. The legend reads -OVVERTURE. DE. LA. LIGNE. D'ALGER. A. CONSTANTINE. 3 Novembre MDCCCLXXXVI. Signed 'O. Roty.' The Reverse of this medal is No. 665-1894.

Place of Origin

Paris (made)

Date

1886 (cast)

Artist/maker

Roty, Oscar, born 1846 - died 1911 (medallist)

Materials and Techniques

Bronze, cast, uniface

Object history note

Bought with 659-1894 to 684-1894 for £159. 4s. 1d.

Descriptive line

Medal, bronze, by Louis Oscar Roty, France (Paris), 1886

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

List of Objects in the Art Division South Kensington Museum acquired during the Year 1894. Arranged according to the dates of acquisition, with appendix and indices. London: Eyre and Spottiswoode, 1895. pp. 97

Materials

Bronze

Subjects depicted

Women; Crowns

Categories

Sculpture; Coins & Medals

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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