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Model - Royal Artillery Institution

Royal Artillery Institution

  • Object:

    Model

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1871 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Plaster

  • Museum number:

    A.141-1980

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This roundel is a model for the obverse of a commemorative medal of the Royal Artillery Institution, 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

Figure of Britannia to right seated to left on a rock. her left hand and right elbow rest on a staff and she holds a scroll in her right hand. Her sword is at her side, behind her a lion facing right.

Place of Origin

England (made)

Date

1871 (made)

Artist/maker

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

Materials and Techniques

Plaster

Dimensions

Diameter: 14.2 cm, Depth: 1.6 cm

Object history note

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

Descriptive line

Roundel, model for a medal, plaster, Royal Artillery Institution, Britannia seated on a rock, George Gammon Adams, English, 1871

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

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

Subjects depicted

Lion; Staff; Sword; Scroll

Categories

Sculpture

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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