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Sir Thomas Lawrence, Laudatory Medal

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1860 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silvered electrotype under glass cover

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This silvered electrotype roundel is cast of the reverse of an Art Union Laudatory Medal commemorating Sir Thomas Lawrence and is made by George Gammon Adams in 1860. It depicts the Duke of Wellington.

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

Figure of the Duke of Wellington standing wearing a cape and holding a telescope in his right hand. Inscribed.

Place of Origin

England (made)


1860 (made)


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

Materials and Techniques

Silvered electrotype under glass cover

Marks and inscriptions

'ART UNION OF LONDON . 1860' [on exergue] 'WELLINGTON' [and signed] 'G.G.ADAMS.F'


Diameter: 5.8 cm

Object history note

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

Descriptive line

Roundel, silvered electrotype, Art Union Laudatory Medal Sir Thomas Lawrence, depicting the Duke of Wellington, by George Gammon Adams, England, 1860

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. 2676
Forrer, L. Biographical Dictionary of Medallists, I, London, 1904, p. 24
Beaulah, G.K., 'The Medals of the Art Union of London', The British Numismatic Journal, Vol XXXVI, 1967, p. 183, no. 12


Coins & Medals; Sculpture; Portraits


Sculpture Collection

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