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Medal

Medal

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1867 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Wyon, J. S. (artist)
    Wyon, A. B. (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Bronze

  • Museum number:

    229-1870

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This is a bronze medal made by J.S. and A.B. Wyon in England in 1867. The obverse of the medal represents the draped bust of the Turkish Sultan Abdul Aziz wearing fez. The reverse shows Londinia welcoming turkey before a column inscribed WELCOME.

Abdul Aziz, the Sultan of Turkey, accompanied by his nephew, Abdul- Hamid, and his foreign minister, Fuad Pasha, visited the exhibition in Paris and concluded commercial treaties with France and England; in July he and his entourage came to England, landing at Dover on 12 July. During his visit to England the Corporation of the City of London invited the Sultan to an entertainment which included a ball and supper in his honour on 18 July. A temporary reception room to accommodate the 3000 guests was erected in Guildhall Yard. The recorder of the City read an address and this was afterwards presented in a gold casket to the Sultan. This medal is number 10 of the series of medals struck for the Corporation of the City of London; 350 pieces were struck.

Wyon is the name of a talented family of Designers, die-engravers and medallists whose period of activity extended from before the middle of the 18th century to almost the end of the 19th century.

Place of Origin

England (made)

Date

1867 (made)

Artist/maker

Wyon, J. S. (artist)
Wyon, A. B. (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Bronze

Dimensions

Diameter: 7.62 cm, Depth: 0.7 cm

Object history note

Abdul Aziz, the Sultan of Turkey, accompanied by his nephew, Abdul-Hamid, and his foreign minister, Fuad Pasha, visited the exhibition in Paris and concluded commercial treaties with France and England; in July he and his entourage came to England, landing at Dover on 12 July. During his visit to England the Corporation of the City of London invited the Sultan to an entertainment which included a ball and supper in his honour on 18 July. A temporary reception room to accommodate the 3000 guests was erected in Guildhall Yard. The recorder of the City read an address and this was afterwards presented in a gold casket to the Sultan. This medal is number 10 of the series of medals struck for the Corporation of the City of London; 350 pieces were struck.
Given to the Museum by the Corporation of the City of London in 1870.

Descriptive line

Medal, bronze, commemorating the visit of H. I. M. the Sultan to the City of London 18th July 1867, by J.S. & A.B. Wyon, England, 1867

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

List of Objects in the Art Division, South Kensington, Acquired During the Year 1870, Arranged According to the Dates of Acquisition. London: Printed by George E. Eyre and William Spottiswoode for H.M.S.O., p. 22
Brown, Laurence. A Catalogue of British Historical Medals, 1760-1960. London: B.A. Seaby Ltd., 1987, p. 270

Materials

Bronze

Subjects depicted

Mosque of Sultan Achmet; St. Paul Cathedral; Sultan

Categories

Coins & Medals; Bronze

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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