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Medal

Medal

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1862 (dated)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Wyon, Leonard Charles, born 1826 - died 1891 (medallist)
    Maclise, Daniel RA, born 1806 - died 1870 (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Bronze

  • Museum number:

    M.44-1909

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This medal is a prize medal for excellence in the Science and Arts, issued at the International Exhibition 1862 and made by L.C. Wyon after a design by D. Maclise.

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.

Daniel Maclise (1806-1870) was an Irish painter, who studied at Cork School of Art and the Royal Academy Schools. Initially a portraitist, he made his name as a history painter, and executed monumental compositions in the Palace of Westminster. He also produced caricatures for Fraser's Magazine, and was friendly with Charles Dickens. Maclise visited Paris, Brussels, Italy and Germany, and his later works have a distinct Germanic character.

Physical description

This prize medal depicts on the obverse: Britannia seated left, receiving gifts from kneeling figures. Three female figures standing to right, the British lion crouched in the foreground. On the reverse is an inscription within closed wreath.
The recipient's name is on the edge in engraved capitals.

Place of Origin

England (made)

Date

1862 (dated)

Artist/maker

Wyon, Leonard Charles, born 1826 - died 1891 (medallist)
Maclise, Daniel RA, born 1806 - died 1870 (designer)

Materials and Techniques

Bronze

Marks and inscriptions

'1862 / LONDINI / HONORIS / CAUSA'
'[presented] at London because of distinction'
inscribed on the reverse within closed wreath

Object history note

This is a prize medal for excellence in the Science and Arts, issued at the International Exhibition 1862.

Descriptive line

Medal, bronze, prize medal for excellence in the Science and Arts, issued at the International Exhibition 1862, by L.C.Wyon, after a design by D. MAclise, 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

Wreath

Categories

Coins & Medals; Sculpture

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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