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Acclimatisation Society of Great Britain

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1867 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This roundel is a model for the reverse of a commemorative medal and is made by George Gammon Adams. It was issued to celebrate the Acclimatisation Society of Great Britain. This was a society for promoting the acclimatisation of animals and plants in other countries and was founded in 1860. The Prince of Wales was elected President of the Society in 1865. The society did not, however flourish.

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

Obverse: Bare head of Prince of Wales to left. Inscription.
Reverse: Britannia, seated upon a rock, leaning on a terrestrial globe and holding cornucopia; she looks over her shoulder to a ship sailing left, animals and birds in the foreground. Inscribed.

Place of Origin

England (made)


ca. 1867 (made)


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

Materials and Techniques



Diameter: 18.6 cm

Object history note

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

Descriptive line

Roundel, plaster, model for a commemorative medal of the Acclimatisation Society of GB, by George Gammon Adams, English, ca. 1867

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. 2877
Forrer, L. Biographical Dictionary of Medallists, I, London, 1904, p. 24

Subjects depicted

Cornucopia; Globe


Sculpture; Portraits


Sculpture Collection

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