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Medal - Prize medal 1862 London International Exhibition

Prize medal 1862 London International Exhibition

  • Object:

    Medal

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1862 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Bronze

  • Museum number:

    A.11-1976

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This medal was struck as Prize medal for the 1862 London International Exhibition, made by Leonard. C. Wyon.
The International Exhibition of 1962 was held in a building larger than the Crystal Palace on a site in the gardens of the Royal Horticultural Society in Kensington. The building was designed by Captain Francis Fowke of the Royal Engineers (1823-1865), to whom this medal was awarded.

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.

Leonard Charles Wyon (1826-1891) was the eldest son of William Wyon (1795-1851). Educated in art by his father, he became a skilled engraver. When 16 he already had made several medals, and when 24 he succeeded his father with the title of Modeller and Engraver (1851). He made a great contribution to coinage, which he was particularly trained for by his father.

Physical description

Obverse: Seated figure of Britannia receives figures representing other Nations bearing symbols of industry, the arts and agriculture. A lion guards Britannia's trident at her feet. Signed.
Reverse: Oak wreath. Inscription.

Place of Origin

England (made)

Date

1862 (made)

Artist/maker

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

Materials and Techniques

Bronze

Marks and inscriptions

'D. MACLISE R.A.DES. LEONARD C. WYON FEC.'
obverse

'1862 LONDINI - HONORIS CAUSA [signed] L.C.WYON F.'
'[presented] at London because of distinction'
reverse

'CAPT.F.FOWKE.R.E.CLASSES VIII. & XI'
reverse, engraved on rim

Dimensions

Diameter: 7.7 cm

Object history note

Gift together with A.12 to A.15-1976, by Mrs. and Mr. Fowke Mangeot, in 1976. The medal was 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 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.

Historical context note

The International Exhibition of 1962 was held in a building larger than the Crystal Palace on a site in the gardens of the Royal Horticultural Society in Kensington. The building was designed by Captain Francis Fowke of the Royal Engineers (1823-1865), to whom this medal was awarded.

Descriptive line

Medal, bronze, Prize medal 1862 London International Exhibition, by L.C. Wyon, English, 1862

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

Brown, Lawrence. British Historical Medals 1837-1901 - The Reign of Queen Victoria. London: 1987, cat.no. 2747

Materials

Bronze

Subjects depicted

Figure; Trident; Oak; Lion

Categories

Coins & Medals; Sculpture

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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