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International Exhibition 1874

  • Object:

    Medal

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1874 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Morgan, George T., born 1845 - died 1925 (medallist)
    Boehm, Joseph Edgar Sir, born 1834 - died 1890 (designer)
    Gamble, James, born 1837 - died 1911 (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Bronze

  • Museum number:

    A.15-1976

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This medal is an exhibitor's medal for the 1874 London International Exhibition. It was made by George T. Morgan, after designs by J.E. Boehm and J. Gamble.

This medal is almost identical to one produced the previous year for the Exhibition. It was presented to every exhibitor in the catalogue, and also for services rendered. This particular medal was awarded to a Miss Cole of Thurloe Square, who exhibited two bound books in Class XII (Bookbinding).

The building in the foreground, opened by the Prince Consort in 1861, no longer exist. They were built on land leased to the Horticultural Society by the Commissioners for the 1851 Exhibition. The conservatory was designed by Captain Fowke and alter formed the southern entrance to the Albert Hall. The arcades were designed by Sydney Smirke, brother of Sir Robert.

The original owner of these medals, Captain Fowke of the Royal Engineers, became a distinguished official architect in the middle of the Victorian era, and published a number of related papers. In 1857 he became an inspector in the Science and Art Department in London; in 1860 was added the office of architect and engineer; while in 1862 he was appointed Superintendent of the construction of the South Kensington (now Victoria and Albert) Museum. He designed the new Museum of Science and Art (now the Royal Scottish Museum) Edinburgh, as well as extensions at the National Gallery, Dublin. He planned the buildings for the International Exhibition of 1862. Shortly before his death he designed the Royal Albert Hall.

Physical description

Obverse: Portrait bust to left of Albert Edward, Prince of Wales. Inscription.
Reverse: View of the Horticultural Society's arcades, gardens and conservatory. In the background the Albert Hall and Memorial. Inscription.

Place of Origin

England (made)

Date

1874 (made)

Artist/maker

Morgan, George T., born 1845 - died 1925 (medallist)
Boehm, Joseph Edgar Sir, born 1834 - died 1890 (designer)
Gamble, James, born 1837 - died 1911 (designer)

Materials and Techniques

Bronze

Marks and inscriptions

'ALBERT . EDWARD . PRINCE . OF . WALES . PRESIDENT' [and signed] BOEHM [and] G. MORGAN . SC.'
obverse, and signed on truncation and below truncation

'MDCCCLXXIV [below] LONDON . ANNUAL . INTERNAITONAL . EXHIBITION . OF . ALL . ARTS . INDUSTRIES . AND . INVENTIONS / MDCCCLXXIV'
reverse

'MISS H. L. COLE'
Inscribed round edge

Dimensions

Diameter: 5.1 cm

Object history note

Given by Mr. and Mrs. Fowke Mangeot, in 1976. Formerly owned by Capt. Francis Fowke, R.E.
This medal was one of seven of the collection (A.11 to A.17-1976) charting the career of Captain Fowke.

Historical significance: The building in the foreground, opened by the Prince Consort in 1861, no longer exist. They were built on land leased to the Horticultural Society by the Commissioners for the 1851 Exhibition. The conservatory was designed by Captain Fowke and alter formed the southern entrance to the Albert Hall. The arcades were designed by Sydney Smirke, brother of Sir Robert.

Historical context note

This medal is almost identical to one produced the previous year for the Exhibition. It was presented to every exhibitor in the catalogue, and also for services rendered. This particular medal was awarded to a Miss Cole of Thurloe Square, who exhibited two bound books in Class XII (Bookbinding).

Descriptive line

Medal, bronze, International Exhibition 1874, Exhibitor's medal / bust of Prince Albert, by G.T. Morgan after designs by J.E. Boehm and J. Gamble, English, 1874

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

Brown, Lawrence. British Historical Medals 1837-1901 - The Reign of Queen Victoria. London: 1987, p. 301, cat.no. 2992

Materials

Bronze

Categories

Coins & Medals; Portraits; Royalty; Sculpture

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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