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William Etty

  • Object:

    Medal

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1872 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Adams, George Gammon, born 1821 - died 1898 (medallist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Bronze

  • Museum number:

    A.17-1962

  • 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 William Etty (1787-1849) was a painter. He produced a large number of paintings, many of which were poetical compositions of the female body, some of which commanded a higher price at auction than those of Raphael.

Physical description

Obverse: Bare head of William Etty to left. Inscribed.
Reverse: Representation of Etty's work 'Venus and Cupid Descending'. Inscribed.

Place of Origin

England (made)

Date

1872 (made)

Artist/maker

Adams, George Gammon, born 1821 - died 1898 (medallist)

Materials and Techniques

Bronze

Marks and inscriptions

'ETTY / 1787-1849'
obverse

'ART-UNION OF LONDON, 1872'
reverse

Descriptive line

Medal, bronze, William Etty, by G.G. Adams, issued by the Art-Union, English, 1872

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

Brown, Lawrence. British Historical Medals 1837-1901 - The Reign of Queen Victoria. London: 1987, cat.no. 2938

Materials

Bronze

Categories

Coins & Medals; Portraits; Sculpture

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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