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Death of the Duke of Cambridge

  • Object:

    Medal

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1850 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Gilt bronze electrotype under glass cover

  • Museum number:

    A.251-1980

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This roundel (gilt bronze electrotype) is cast of the obverse of a medal commemorating the Death of the Duke of Cambridge Adolphus Frederick and is made by George Gammon Adams.

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 to right of Duke of Cambridge bare-headed with long side whiskers. Inscribed.

Place of Origin

England (made)

Date

ca. 1850 (made)

Artist/maker

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

Materials and Techniques

Gilt bronze electrotype under glass cover

Marks and inscriptions

'H.R.H. ADOLPHUS FREDERICK DUKE OF CAMBRIDGE.K.G:45 YEARS COL. OF THE COLDSTREAM GUARDS.F.M' [signed] 'G.G.ADAMS'

Dimensions

Diameter: 6.1 cm

Object history note

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

Descriptive line

Roundel, gilt bronze electrotype, commemorating the Death of the Adolphus Frederick Duke of Cambridge, by George Gammon Adams, England, 1850

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. 2392

Categories

Coins & Medals; Sculpture; Royalty; Portraits; Death

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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