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Acclimatisation Society of Great Britain

  • Object:

    Medal

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1867 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silvered eletrotype under glass cover

  • Museum number:

    A.306-1980

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This silvered electrotype roundel is cast of the obverse of a medal commemorating the Acclimatisation Society of Great Britain and is made by George Gammon Adams in ca. 1867.
The Acclimatisation Society was founded in 1860 and the Prince of Wales elected president in 1865. The Society didn't flourish which probbaly accounts for the rarity of its medal.

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 Albert Edward, Prince of Wales, to left. Subject is bare-headed and bearded. Border of roses, thistles and shamrocks. Inscribed.

Place of Origin

England (made)

Date

ca. 1867 (made)

Artist/maker

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

Materials and Techniques

Silvered eletrotype under glass cover

Marks and inscriptions

'ALBERT EDWARD PRINCE OF WALES, PRESIDENT. ACCLIMATISATION SOC. OF GT. BRITAIN 1867' [signed] 'G.G.ADAMS F.'

Dimensions

Diameter: 6.5 cm

Object history note

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

Descriptive line

Roundel, silvered electrotype, cast of medal commemorating the Acclimatisation Society of Great Britain, depicting head of Albert Edward, Prince of Wales, by George Gammon Adams, English, ca. 1867

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

Brown, Lawrence. British Historical Medals 1760-1960, Vol III, The Accession of Edward VII to 1960, London, 1995, cat. no. 2877
Forrer, L. Biographical Dictionary of Medallists, I, London, 1904, p. 24

Categories

Coins & Medals; Sculpture; Portraits; Royalty

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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