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Medal - William Mulready

William Mulready

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1877 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silvered electrotype under glass cover

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This roundel is cast of the reverse of Art Union Laudatory medal of William Mulready, and is made by George Gammon Adams. Mulready (1786-1863) was an Irish genre painter best known for his romanticizing depictions of rural scenes.

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

Male and female haymakers. The girl wears a large hat and low-cut dress and is holding a long hayrack. The man is dressed in 18th century country costume and stands behind her. Inscribed.

Place of Origin

England (made)


1877 (made)


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

Materials and Techniques

Silvered electrotype under glass cover

Marks and inscriptions



Diameter: 5.6 cm

Object history note

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

Descriptive line

Roundel, silvered electrotype, cast of Art Union laudatory medal - William Mulready, by George Gammon Adams, English, ca. 1877

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

Forrer, L. Biographical Dictionary of Medallists, I, London, 1904, p. 24
Brown, Lawrence. British Historical Medals 1837-1901 - Vol II, The Reign of Queen Victoria. London: 1987, cat.no. 3037
Beaulah, G.K., 'The Medals of the Art Union of London', The British Numismatic Journal, Vol XXXVI, 1967, p. 184, no. 24


Coins & Medals; Sculpture


Sculpture Collection

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