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Sir Roderick Murchison

  • Object:

    Medal

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1866 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Museum number:

    M.85-1909

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This medal is made by Leonard Charles Wyon and depicts on the obverse the portrait of Sir Roderick Murchison.

Wyon is the name of a telented family of Designers, Die-engravers and medallists whose period of activity extended from before the middle of the 18th century to almost the end of the 19th century.
Wyon, Leonard Charles (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.

The depicted Sir Roderick Murchison (1792-1871) was a geologist, who first investigated and described the Silurian system.

Physical description

Medal depicts on the obverse the portrait of Sir Roderick Murchison and an inscription

Place of Origin

England (made)

Date

1866 (made)

Artist/maker

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

Marks and inscriptions

'SIR RODERICK I. MURCHISON BART. K.C.B. 1866.'
obverse

'SILURIA'
reverse

Descriptive line

Medal, bronze, portrait of Sir Roderick Murchison, by L.C. Wyon, English, 1866

Subjects depicted

Hammer; Fossil; Wreath

Categories

Coins & Medals; Portraits; Sculpture; Scotland

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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