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Inauguration of the Eastern Algerian Railway from Algiers to Constantinople

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Paris (made)

  • Date:

    1886 (cast)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Bronze, uniface

  • Museum number:


  • 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 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. On the reverse, the legend in French, reads: 'Opening of the Algiers to Constantinople line, 3 November 1886'. This medal was purchased direct from the artist.

Physical description

Reverse of Medal, cast bronze, commemorating the opening of the Eastern Algerian Railway from Algiers to Constantine; a nude female figure symbolizing Abundance with a cornucopiae is standing on a wheel amid clouds. The legends reads thus:- COMPAGNIE. DES. CHEMINS. DE. FER. DE. L'EST. ALGERIEN. LOIS DES. 15. DÉCEMBRE. 1875. 2. AÔVT. 1883. 21 MAI ET 21. JVILLET. 1884. 7. AÔVT 1885. CONSEIL D'ADMINSTRATION HENRI DVRRIEV PT LÉOPOLD LÉGER LE GENERAL LIEBERT BARON J DE REINACH LEON THELIER ALBERT CHABERT COMTE D'HAVSSONVILLE CONCESSIONNAIRES PRIMITIFS H. JORET H. DVRRIEV THELIER ET HENROTTE KNHN REINACH ET CIE. INGENIEVRS DE LA CONSTVCTION SCHERER GODARD BOUCHER- LEOMENIL. Signed 'O. Roty.' The obverse of this medal is No. 664-1894.

Place of Origin

Paris (made)


1886 (cast)


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

Materials and Techniques

Bronze, uniface


Diameter: 3.9375 in

Object history note

Bought with Nos. 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



Subjects depicted

Cloud; Cornucopiae; Wheel; Female


Coins & Medals; Sculpture


Sculpture Collection

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