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Medal - Waterloo medal

Waterloo medal

  • Object:

    Medal

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (made)

  • Date:

    1815 (designed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Wyon, Thomas, born 1792 - died 1817 (designers)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Struck silver

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Dame Bridget D'Oyly Carte

  • Museum number:

    S.666-2016

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This Waterloo medal was awarded to Richard Cart, who served in the Royal Horse Guards. His grandson, Richard D'Oyly Carte, was a theatre impresario responsible for the financial support of the comic operas of Gilbert and Sullivan, including the formation of the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company and the founding of the Savoy Theatre.

The Waterloo medal was designed by Thomas Wyon, who adapted the design of a Greek coin of Elis. The medal was conferred upon the 39,000 soldiers who fought in the Battle of Ligny, the Battle of Quatre Bras and the Battle of Waterloo, and was the first medal awarded by the British Government to all soldiers present at an action.

Physical description

Silver round medal attached to a metal buckle with a red and blue ribbon. The medal is inscribed on the obverse with the profile of George IV (then Prince Regent) circled with the words 'GEORGE P. REGENT'. The reverse is inscribed with the figure of Victory and the words 'WELLINGTON WATERLOO JUNE 18 1815'.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (made)

Date

1815 (designed)

Artist/maker

Wyon, Thomas, born 1792 - died 1817 (designers)

Materials and Techniques

Struck silver

Marks and inscriptions

Obverse: 'GEORGE P. REGENT'
Reverse: 'WELLINGTON WATERLOO JUNE 18 1815'

Dimensions

Height: 8.0 cm, Width: 4.1 cm, Depth: 0.3 cm, Diameter: 3.6 cm

Descriptive line

Waterloo medal presented to Corporal Richard Cart of the Royal Horse Guards, 1815

Materials

Silver; Silk

Techniques

Striking

Categories

Medallions; Opera

Collection

Theatre and Performance Collection

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