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Medal - International Exhibition 1862

International Exhibition 1862

  • 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:

    8367-1863

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This medal - a prize medal of the International Exhibition of 1862 with allegorical figures of Britannia receiving the offerings of the Arts and Sciences - is made by L.C. Wyon in 1862.

The medal was given as an example by the Commissioners of the Exhibition of 1862.
This is a prize medal with the recipient's name engraved on the edge in capitals.

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

This medal depicts on the obverse an allegorical group of Britannia receiving the offerings of the Arts and Sciences and on the reverse a wreath and inscription. Britannia is seated left. Three male figures standing to the right and the British lion crouched in the foreground.

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

'1862 / LONDINI / HONORIS / CAUSA'
'[presented] at London because of distinction'
Inscription within laurel wreath at the reverse

Dimensions

Diameter: 7.62 cm

Descriptive line

Medal, bronze, Prize Medal International Exhibition 1862, by Leonard Charles Wyon, English, 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 - The Reign of Queen Victoria. London: 1987, cat.no. 2747

Materials

Bronze

Subjects depicted

Wreath; Male figure

Categories

Coins & Medals; Sculpture

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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