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Roundel - Unknown Man
  • Unknown Man
    Adams, George Gammon, born 1821 - died 1898
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Unknown Man

  • Object:

    Roundel

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1850 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    White wax on slate

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Miss I.D. Adams

  • Museum number:

    A.213-1980

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This is a model for a commemorative medal, as yet untraced, made by George Gammon Adams in ca. 1850.

George Gammon Adams (b. 1821-1898) was a portrait sculptor and medallist. He designed and exhibited prize medals for the Great Exhibition. In 1852 he was chosen to model the death mask of Wellington. One of his public monuments is the 'Napier' statue in Trafalgar square.

The roundel was among the items given to the Museum by I. D. Adams, the daughter of George Gammon Adams, in 1980. In total, 196 items were included in the Adams gift, which consisted of many models for medals as well as the busts and figurative sculpture. In most instances it is not possible to date conclusively the many models included in this gift.

Physical description

Head of unknown man to right, bareheaded. Traces of inscription with Greek capitals.

Place of Origin

England (made)

Date

ca. 1850 (made)

Artist/maker

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

Materials and Techniques

White wax on slate

Dimensions

Diameter: 4.3 cm

Object history note

Given by Miss I.D. Adams, daughter of George Gammon Adams in 1980.

Descriptive line

Roundel, model for a medal, white wax on slate, Head of unknown man, by George Gammon Adams, English, ca. 1850

Materials

Wax; Slate

Subjects depicted

Man

Categories

Sculpture; Coins & Medals; Portraits

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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