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Medal - Portraits of Mr. and Mrs. Gray

Portraits of Mr. and Mrs. Gray

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1863 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Adams, George Gammon, born 1821 - died 1898 (signed)

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This medal depicts the busts of Mr and Mrs Gray. John Edward Gray (1800-1875) was a zoologist. He studied medicine, with first interests in botany, later zoology. He worked at the British Museum in the zoology department from 1824 till 1874 and became keeper of the department there in 1840.
His wife Maria Emma (1787-1876) was a conchologist and algologist.

The medallist George Gammon Adams (b. 1821-1898) was a portrait sculptor and medallist. He designed and exhibited prize medals for the Great Exhibition. In 1852 he was chosen to model the death mask of Wellington. One of his public monuments is the 'Napier' statue in Trafalgar square.

Physical description

Medal depicts on the obverse the conjoined busts of Mr and Mrs Gray, facing to the right with inscription. On the reverse is a wreath with an inscription.

Place of Origin

England (made)


1863 (made)


Adams, George Gammon, born 1821 - died 1898 (signed)

Materials and Techniques


Marks and inscriptions

Inscribed on the reverse

'I. E. AND M. E. GRAY'
Inscribed on obverse.

'G. G. ADAMS, Sc. 1863'
Signed and dated on the obverse.


Diameter: 5.08 cm

Object history note

Given by Dr. Gray in 1863.

Descriptive line

Medal, bronze, portraits of Mr. and Mrs. Gray, signed G.G. Adams, English, 1863

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

Inventory of Art Objects Acquired in the Year 1863. In: Inventory of the Objects in the Art Division of the Museum at South Kensington, Arranged According to the Dates of their Acquisition. Vol I. London: Printed by George E. Eyre and William Spottiswoode for H.M.S.O., 1868, p. 39
Brown, Lawrence. British Historical Medals 1837-1901 - The Reign of Queen Victoria. London: 1987, cat.no. 2787



Subjects depicted



Coins & Medals; Portraits; Sculpture


Sculpture Collection

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