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Model - Two Women in Classical Dress

Two Women in Classical Dress

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1850 (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 a commemorative medal as yet untraced, and is made by George Gammon Adams.
It depicts two unknown women in calssical dress in an allegorical scene.

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 with two female figures representing medical studies. The figure on the left stands facing front, draped in classical robes, touching a serpent with her right hand and holding a chalice in her left. The figure on the right is seated, similarly dressed, writing on a scroll. Between the two figures in the background a lightened oil lamp burns on a tall stem.

Place of Origin

England (made)


ca. 1850 (made)


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

Materials and Techniques



Diameter: 13.2 cm

Object history note

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

Descriptive line

Model, roundel, plaster, for a commemorative medal, two women in allegorical scene, by George Gammon Adams, English, ca. 1850

Subjects depicted

Chalice; Serpent; Women




Sculpture Collection

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