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William Wyon

  • Object:

    Medal

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1854 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Bronze

  • Museum number:

    A.16-1962

  • 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 Wyon (1795-1851) was chief engraver at the Royal Mint. He was appointed second engraver to the Royal Mint in 1816 and chief engraver in 1828. This medal was commissioned in 1851, the year of Wyon's death and that the original wax model in tinted wax on slate is in the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.

Physical description

Obverse: Draped bust of William Wyon, bare head. Inscribed.
Reverse: Britannia, holding trident and olive branch, standing upon a platform supported by four sea-horses rising from the sea. Inscribed.

Place of Origin

England (made)

Date

1854 (made)

Artist/maker

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

Materials and Techniques

Bronze

Marks and inscriptions

'WILLIAN WYON R:A:'
obverse

'ART UNION OF LONDON / 1854 .
reverse

Descriptive line

Medal, bronze, William Wyon / Britannia ruling the wavers, by L.C. Wyon, issued by the Art-Union, English, 1854

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

Brown, Lawrence. British Historical Medals 1837-1901 - The Reign of Queen Victoria. London: 1987, cat.no. 2535

Materials

Bronze

Subjects depicted

Olive branch; Trident; Seahorses

Categories

Coins & Medals; Portraits; Sculpture

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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