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Medal

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1855 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silver

  • Museum number:

    3758-1856

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This medal was struck in commemoration of the appearance of the Colony of New South Wales as an exhibitor in the Paris Exhibition of 1855.

The medal is made by Leonard Charles Wyon (1826-1891).
He was the eldest son of William Wyon (1795-1851) and 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 Britannia presenting the Colony, as a shepherdess, to France. On the reverse is a border illustrating the products of the Colony.

Place of Origin

England (made)

Date

1855 (made)

Artist/maker

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

Materials and Techniques

Silver

Dimensions

Diameter: 7.30 cm

Object history note

This medal was struck in commemoration of the appearance of the Colony of New South Wales as an exhibitor in the Paris Exhibition of 1855.
Given by Sir W. Macarthur, Commissioner for the Colony.

Descriptive line

Medal, silver, Britannia presenting New South Wales Colony, by Leonard Charles Wyon, England, 1855

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

Inventory of Art Objects Acquired in the Year 1856. 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. 37

Materials

Silver

Subjects depicted

Shepherdess

Categories

Coins & Medals; Sculpture

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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