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Medal - J.M.W. Turner

J.M.W. Turner

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1876 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Joseph Mallord William Turner was a British Romantic landscape painter, watercolourist and printmaker whose work elevated the statis of landscape painting. He is depicted in profile to the left on the obverse side of this medal. On the reverse there is a detail from Turner's painting 'The Fighting Temeraire'.

This medal is one of a series commissioned by the Art Union of London which was founded in 1837 to promote interest in the fine arts. Between 1842 and 1887 they sponsored a group of thirty medals each with a portrait of an eminent artist, together with an illustration of their work.

Physical description

Medal, bronze. Obverse side, bust of the painter Joseph Turner (1775-1851) to left. Inscription: JOSEPH MALLORD TURNER R.A. 1775-1851. Signed, L.C.WYON FEC. Reverse side, depiction of Turner's painting 'The Fighting Temeraire Towed to her Last Berth.' Inscribed, ART-UNION OF LONDON. 1876.

Place of Origin

England (made)


1876 (made)


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

Materials and Techniques



Diameter: 56 mm

Object history note

Purchased from R.G Coats for £19.

Descriptive line

J.M.W.Turner, 'The Fighting Temeraire'; Bronze, English, 19th cent, l.c.wyon, 1876 art union

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

Brown, Lawrence. British Historical Medals 1837- 1901. The Reign of Queen Victoria, London, 1987, p. 3030.
Brown, Lawrence. A Catalogue of British Historical Medals 1760- 1960, London, 1987, Vol. 2, p. 311, no. 3030.




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