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International Exhibition 1862 Prize Medal

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1862 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This prize medal of the International Exhibition of 1862 is made by Charles Leonard Wyon, after a design by Daniel Maclise.

L. C. 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.
The Irish painter Maclise (1806-1870) 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 medal - a prize medal of the International Exhibition of 1862 - depicts on the obverse an allegorical group of Britannia seated left and receiving the offerings of the Arts and Sciences, which are depicted as kneeling figures. Three female figures are standing to the right, the British lion is crouched in the foreground. On the reverse is a wreath and an inscription.

Place of Origin

England (made)


1862 (made)


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

Materials and Techniques


Marks and inscriptions

'[presented] at London because of distinction'
Inscribed on the reverse

The recipient's name is engraved on the edge
On the reverse.


Diameter: 7.62 cm

Object history note

This is a copy awarded to the Arts and Science department for the display of student's work.

Descriptive line

Medal, bronze, prize medal of the International Exhibition of 1862, by L.C. Wyon after a design by D. Maclise, England, 1862

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 – Vol II, The Reign of Queen Victoria. London: 1987, cat.no. 2747



Subjects depicted

Lion; Female figure; Wreath


Coins & Medals; Myths & Legends; Sculpture


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