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Medal thomas banks/mourning figure after banks - Thomas Banks

Thomas Banks

  • Object:

    Medal thomas banks/mourning figure after banks

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1858 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

The sculptor Thomas Banks was awarded medals from the Royal Academy of Arts for classic bas reliefs and statues and was the Royal Academy gold medallist in 1770.

This medal is one of the series of Art Union medal. The bust of Banks is based on a drawing by George Dance, R.A and the reverse shows part of the decoration of the tomb of Sir Eyre Coote in Westminster Abbey.

Physical description

Medal, bronze. Obverse, bust of the sitter facing to the right. Inscription, THOMAS BANKS R:A. Signed: L.C.WYON. F. Reverse, seated male figure on a pedestal, his head supported by the right hand while his left rests on a cornucopia. Inscription: T: BANKS R:A: SC: L: C: WYON F:/ ART UNION OF LONDON 1858.

Place of Origin

England (made)


1858 (made)


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

Materials and Techniques



Diameter: 55 mm

Object history note

Bought together with A.8 and A.10-1970 from R.G. Coats for £40.

Descriptive line

Medal, bronze, English, 19th cent, l.c.wyon, 1858, art union

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

Brown, Laurence. British Historical Medals 1837- 1901. The Reign of Queen Victoria, London, 1987, no. 2633.
Beaulah, G.K, 'The Medals of the Art Union of London', British Numismatic Journal, vol. XXXVI, 1967, p. 183.



Subjects depicted

Cornucopia; Pedestal


Sculpture Collection

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