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Medal - Medal of the International Exhibition of 1862
  • Medal of the International Exhibition of 1862
    Dowler, George
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Medal of the International Exhibition of 1862

  • Object:

    Medal

  • Place of origin:

    Birmingham (made)

  • Date:

    1862 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Dowler, George (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Struck lead

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Angus Patterson

  • Museum number:

    A.3-2011

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This medal is one of about sixty unofficial medals and tokens produced to commemorate the 1862 International Exhibition in London which followed the legacy of the 1851 Great Exhibition.
Shown on the reverse of this medal, the exhibition building was designed by Royal engineer Captain Francis Fowke (1823-1865), who also had a role in the design and construction of the South Kensington Museum (now V&A). The 1862 exhibition building was, however, badly received in the press: the structure was pulled down in 1864, to make space for the Natural History Museum.

Physical description

Circular lead medal.

Place of Origin

Birmingham (made)

Date

1862 (made)

Artist/maker

Dowler, George (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Struck lead

Dimensions

Diameter: 50 mm

Object history note

Given by Angus Patterson in 2011.

Historical significance: According to Leslie Lewis Allen (2000, p. 212) this medal is a rare specimen.

Historical context note

This medal is one of about sixty unofficial medals and tokens produced to commemorate the 1862 International Exhibition in London which followed the legacy of the 1851 Great Exhibition.
Paid for by part of the profits from 1851, the exhibition building lay on a site at the southern end of Exhibition Road and was designed by Royal engineer Captain Francis Fowke (1823-1865). The medal shows a perspective view from south west of the long main front along Cromwell Road, a view recorded in a drawing in the V&A’s collection (Museum no. E.928-1976). The building was, however, badly received in the press, and the structure was pulled down in 1864, to make space for the Natural History Museum.

Descriptive line

Medal, struck lead, of the International Exhibition of 1862, by G. Dowler, British, 1862

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

Allen, Leslie Lewis, The World's Show : Coinscraft's Catalogue of Crystal Palace Medals and Tokens, 1851-1936, London : Coinscraft, 2000, cat. SK-B080 p. 212
Brown, Lawrence, British Historical Medals 1837-1901: The Reign of Queen Victoria, London: Seaby, 1987, cat. 2720 p. 236

Materials

Lead

Techniques

Struck

Categories

Coins & Medals; Sculpture; Architecture

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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