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Medal - Sir R. Westmacott

Sir R. Westmacott

  • Object:

    Medal

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1868 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Bronze

  • Museum number:

    A.19-1962

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This is one of thirteen medals issued by the Art-Union of London with the intention of assisting in the encouragement of metal-die engraving, inaugurated in 1842. The series is illustrating the history of British Art. The medals, which were specially commissioned, were issued annually to members of the Art-Union.
The sitter Sir Richard Westmacott (1775-1856) was trained at Rome under Canova, and l2 years later became member of the Academy of Florence. He returned to London in 1797. He was a prolific worker and had a large and prosperous practice second only to Chantrey's. He succeeded Flaxman as Academy Professor of Sculpture in 1827.

Physical description

Obverse: Draped bust of Sir Richard Westmacott bare head right. Inscribed.
Reverse: Group of three children round their mother. Inscribed.

Place of Origin

England (made)

Date

1868 (made)

Artist/maker

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

Materials and Techniques

Bronze

Marks and inscriptions

'SIR RICHARD WESTMACOTT M.A. [below] 1775-1856'
obverse

'ART UNION OF LONDON 1868'
reverse

Descriptive line

Medal, bronze, Sir Richard Westmacott, by L.C. Wyon, issued by the Art-Union, English, 1868

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

Brown, Lawrence. British Historical Medals 1837-1901 - The Reign of Queen Victoria. London: 1987, cat.no. 2894

Materials

Bronze

Subjects depicted

Children; Mother

Categories

Coins & Medals; Portraits; Sculpture

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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