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Medal - Medal of T.H Huxley

Medal of T.H Huxley

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    end of nineteenth century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Bowcher, Frank, born 1864 - died 1938 (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This bronze medal, bronze depicts the Rt. Hon. Thomas Henry Huxley, F.R.S. in academic robes with his life dates 1825-1895. Thomas Henry Huxley, an eminent scientist who studied at the Charing Cross hospital published various scientific treatises on fossil forms and 'Zoological evidences as to Man's place in nature. He was the Rector of Aberdeen University from 1872-4 and a friend and Champion of Charles Darwin. On the reverse of the medal a female figure in classical dress and carrying a lamp and laurel wreath is shown approaching an altar which bears a Greek inscription. The altar is overhung by a tree laden with fruit and in the background the Royal College of Science can be seen. This medal is a premium of the College of Science which is awarded by the Huxley Memorial Committee to a student past or present 'who is selected for his ability to carry on research in some branch of natural science in which the late Professor Huxley was distinguished.'

Physical description

Medal, bronze, struck from a die; the Rt. Hon. Thomas Henry Huxley, F.R.S. Obv. THOMAS HENRY HUXLEY B: 1825 d: 1895. Bust to left, in academical robes. Rev.: A female figure, holding a lamp and a laurel wreath, approaches an altar inscribed in greek with the word 'Science'. It is overhung by a tree laden with fruit; in the background the Royal College of Science. Signed F. BOWCHER. F. Stamped on the edge 'Bronze' with a mark.

Place of Origin

England (made)


end of nineteenth century (made)


Bowcher, Frank, born 1864 - died 1938 (maker)

Materials and Techniques



Diameter: 2.5 in

Object history note

Given by the Huxley Memorial Committee.

Descriptive line

Medal, T.H. Huxley, Royal College of Science.

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

List of Objects in the Art Division South Kensington Museum acquired during the Year 1898. Arranged according to the dates of acquisition, with appendix and indices. London: Her Majesty's Stationary Office. Wyman and Sons. 1902. pp.145-6
cf. Attwood, Philip. Artistic Circles. British Museum. 1992. no. 7, pp. 47
Brown, Laurence.British Historical Medals 1837-1901: The Reign of Queen Victoria. London 1987.






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