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Medal - William Watts prize medal
  • William Watts prize medal
    Metcalfe, Percy, born 1895 - died 1970
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William Watts prize medal

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    1932 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Metcalfe, Percy, born 1895 - died 1970 (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Struck bronze

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Christine Woodward

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This prize medal, produced at the Royal Mint in 1932 and awarded to its recipient in 1939, is one which is still awarded to the third year undergraduate at Imperial College who comes top in either Geology, Mining Geology or Oil Technology. William Whitehead Watts, who is commemorated on the medal, was Professor of Geology at Imperial College from 1906-1930. The medal was designed by the British artist Percy Metcalfe (1895-1970) who designed coins, medals and seals, many for the Royal Mint. His best work was characterised by great skill in low-relief modelling and often extreme simplicity and clarity of the image, representing a break with the often crowded and fussy traditions of medal design inherited from the previous century.

Physical description

Circular light-coloured bronze medal.

Place of Origin

London (made)


1932 (made)


Metcalfe, Percy, born 1895 - died 1970 (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Struck bronze

Marks and inscriptions


Diameter: 5.5 cm

Descriptive line

Medal, bronze, depicting William Watts, by Percy Metcalfe, British, 1932




Striking (metal-working)

Subjects depicted



Sculpture; Portraits; Coins & Medals


Sculpture Collection

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