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  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1850 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Wyon, Leonard Charles, born 1826 - died 1891 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This is a silver medal made by Leonard Charles Wyon, dated 1850. The obverse depicts John Hunter (1728-1793), a surgeon and anatomist. The reverse shows a view of St George's Hospital, where two figures are seen supporting a patient in the foreground. The dies of this medal and a sum of money were presented by Mr. Serjeant Thompson, one of the treasurers of St. George's Hospital and a silver gilt specimen is awarded annually to the most deserving pupil in classical science.

Hunter was a pupil of Cheselden at the Chelsea hospital and became house surgeon at St. George's Hospital in 1756. He was appointed surgeon-extraordinary to George III. in 1776.

Physical description

Obv., draped bust of John Hunter. Rev., view of St. George's Hospital, two figures supporting a patient in foreground, legend over head of right hand figure is translated "the best of works is to strengthen mankind".

Place of Origin

England (made)


ca. 1850 (made)


Wyon, Leonard Charles, born 1826 - died 1891 (artist)

Materials and Techniques


Marks and inscriptions

"John Hunter"

"The best of works is to strengthen mankind."

rev., exergue

Descriptive line

Medal of John Hunter made by Wyon, L. C. English, dated 1850.

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

Brown, Laurence. A Catalogue of British Historical Medals 1837-1901. London, 1987. Volume II. The Reign of Queen Victoria. no. 2395.



Subjects depicted

Patients; St. George's Hospital


Medallions; Scotland


Sculpture Collection

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