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Medal - Medal commemorating The Theatre

Medal commemorating The Theatre

  • Object:

    Medal

  • Place of origin:

    London (struck)

  • Date:

    2010 (struck)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Cornell, David (designer)
    Tower Mint Ltd (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Struck base metal

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mark Jones

  • Museum number:

    A.5-2011

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

An interesting example of the contemporary use of medals to raise awareness to and fund a project supporting the arts, this medal was struck to fund the building of a new theatre in Shoreditch. It commemorates Shakespeare and his association with The Theatre where the first performance of Romeo and Juliet took place. Dismantled in 1598 it was moved to Southwark, where it was known as the Globe Theatre.

Physical description

Circular base metal medal.

Place of Origin

London (struck)

Date

2010 (struck)

Artist/maker

Cornell, David (designer)
Tower Mint Ltd (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Struck base metal

Dimensions

Diameter: 36 mm

Object history note

This medal was commissioned by Nick and Pamela Roditi through The Curtain Foundation and given to V&A director Mark Jones who passed it into the care of the Sculpture section in 2011.

Historical context note

The medal was designed by portrait sculptor David Cornell with the assistance of Pamela Roditi, and struck by the Tower Mint.
Commemorating Shakespeare and his association with The Theatre, it was struck to fund the building of a new theatre on a site in Shoreditch. There are 135 sterling silver strikes, each numbered and ribboned, 500 brass strikes and 1,000 base metal strikes. This medal is one of the latter.
On the obverse is Shakespeare, with an image of the new theatre to be built. Planning permission for 'The Theatre, Shoreditch' was granted in 2010 and the opening date of the building is scheduled for 2013.
On the reverse, Queen Elizabeth I is seen in profile, holding an image of The Theatre in her hand instead of the orb. This theatre, where the first perfomance of Romeo and Juliet took place, was dismantled in 1598 and moved to the London borough of Southwark, where it was known as the Globe Theatre.

Descriptive line

Medal, base metal, commemorating Shakespeare and his association with The Theatre, designed by David Cornell with the assistance of Pamela Roditi, struck by The Tower Mint to fund the building of a new theatre in Shoreditch, London, 2010

Materials

Base metal

Techniques

Struck

Categories

Coins & Medals; Sculpture; Metalwork; Portraits

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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