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George I King of the Hellenes visit to London 1880

  • Object:

    Medal

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1880 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silvered electrotype under glass cover

  • Museum number:

    A.276-1980

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This (silvered electrotype) roundel is cast of the reverse of a commemorative medal of the visit of George I King of the Hellenes to the City of London in 1880, and is made by George Gammon Adams.

George I, King of Hellenes (1845-1913), second son of Christian IX of Denmark and Princess Louise of Hesse-Cassel, was elected to the Greek throne in 1863 when Prince Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh, was elected but refused on political grounds. George I was assassinated in 1913.

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

Allegorical scene of Britannia and Londinia standing before Acropolis and St. Paul's Cathedral and welcoming Greece. Inscribed.

Place of Origin

England (made)

Date

ca. 1880 (made)

Artist/maker

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

Materials and Techniques

Silvered electrotype under glass cover

Marks and inscriptions

'JUNE 16 1880'

Dimensions

Diameter: 7.6 cm

Object history note

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

Descriptive line

Roundel, cast of reverse of medal, silvered electrotype, Visit of King George I of the Hellenes, by George Gammon Adams, English, ca.1880

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. 3077
Forrer, L. Biographical Dictionary of Medallists, I, London, 1904, p. 24

Categories

Royalty; Sculpture; Coins & Medals

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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