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Roundel - Duke of Wellington
  • Duke of Wellington
    Adams, George Gammon, born 1821 - died 1898
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Duke of Wellington

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1852 (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:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This is a model for the obverse of a commemorative medal, depicting the Duke of Wellington, made by George Gammon Adams in ca. 1852.

Arthur Wellesley, later the 1st Duke of Wellington, was Britain's greatest military commander. His brilliant tactics and leadership brought about major victories over the French in the Peninsular War of 1808-1814 and, most famously, at Waterloo on 18 June 1815. The Duke then became a politician (Prime Minister from 1828-1830) and distinguished elder statesman.

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

Bare-head of Duke of Wellington to right clean-shaven.

Place of Origin

England (made)


ca. 1852 (made)


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

Materials and Techniques

White wax on slate


Diameter: 6.4 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 Duke of Wellington, by George Gammon Adams, English, ca. 1852

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

Brown, Lawrence. British Historical Medals 1837-1901 - Vol II, The Reign of Queen Victoria. London: 1987, cat.no. 2473
Forrer, L. Biographical Dictionary of Medallists, I, London, 1904, p. 24


Wax; Slate


Sculpture; Coins & Medals; Portraits


Sculpture Collection

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