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Sir Francis Chanterey: Laudatory Medal

  • Object:

    Medal

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1846 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Wyon, William, born 1795 - died 1851 (medallist)
    Chantrey, Francis Legatt Sir, born 1781 - died 1841 (medallist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Bronze

  • Museum number:

    A.10-1962

  • 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.
Sir Francis Legatt Chantrey was a sculptor. Together with Flaxman Chantrey can be ranked as England's greatest sculptor engaging in portrait busts and statues.
The memorial depicted on the reverse is in Handsworth Parish Church, Birmingham; Chantrey received £2000 for this.

Physical description

Obverse: Bare head of Sir Francis Chantrey to right. Inscribed.
Reverse: The memorial to James Watt by Chantrey. Inscriptions.

Place of Origin

England (made)

Date

1846 (made)

Artist/maker

Wyon, William, born 1795 - died 1851 (medallist)
Chantrey, Francis Legatt Sir, born 1781 - died 1841 (medallist)

Materials and Techniques

Bronze

Marks and inscriptions

'CHANTREY SCULPTOR ET ARTIUM FAUTOR'
'Chantrey sculptor and patron of the Arts'
obverse

'WATT / [in exergue:] FRANCISCI CHANTREY / OPUS'
'The work of Francis Chantrey'
reverse on plinth and exergue.

Object history note

Historical significance: Sir Francis Legatt Chantrey was a sculptor. Together with Flaxman Chantrey can be ranked as England's greatest sculptor engaging in portrait busts and statues.
The memorial depicted on the reverse is in Handsworth Parish Church, Birmingham; Chantrey received £2000 for this.

Descriptive line

Medal, bronze, Sir Francis Chantrey, by William Wyon, issued by the Art-Union, English, 1846

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

Brown, Lawrence. British Historical Medals 1837-1901 - The Reign of Queen Victoria. London: 1987, cat.no. 2227

Materials

Bronze

Subjects depicted

Memorial

Categories

Coins & Medals; Portraits; Sculpture

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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