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Medal - William Hogarth

William Hogarth

  • Object:

    Medal

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1848 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Bronze

  • Museum number:

    A.13-1962

  • 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 scene depicted on the reverse of the medal is taken from the centrepiece of Hogarth's (1697-1764) painting 'Canvassing for Votes', the second in a series of four paintings entitled 'An Election'. The paintings are believed to have been produced ca. 1754 and to have been inspired by the election in the Oxfordshire town of 'Guzzledown'. The painting is in the Sir John Soane Museum.

Physical description

Obverse: Draped bust of William Hogarth to right, wearing a cap. Inscribed.
Reverse: Representation of one of Hogarth's pictures 'An Election'. Inscribed.

Place of Origin

England (made)

Date

1848 (made)

Artist/maker

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

Materials and Techniques

Bronze

Marks and inscriptions

'HOGARTH'
obverse

'HE THROUGH THE EYE CORRECTS THE HEART / [in erxergue] ART-UNION OF LONDON / 1848'
reverse

Object history note

Historical significance: The scene depicted on the reverse of the medal is taken from the centrepiece of his painting 'Canvassing for Votes', the second in a series of four paintings entitled 'An Election'. The paintings are believed to have been produced ca. 1754 and to have been inspired by the election in the Oxfordshire town of 'Guzzledown'. The painting is in the Sir John Soane Museum.

Descriptive line

Medal, bronze, William Hogarth, by L.C. Wyon, issued by the Art-Union, English, 1848

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

Brown, Lawrence. British Historical Medals 1837-1901 - The Reign of Queen Victoria. London: 1987, cat.no. 2302

Materials

Bronze

Categories

Coins & Medals; Portraits; Sculpture

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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