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Roundel - John Edwards Gray and Maria Emma Gray
  • John Edwards Gray and Maria Emma Gray
    Adams, George Gammon, born 1821 - died 1898
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John Edwards Gray and Maria Emma Gray

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1862 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    White wax on slate

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Miss I.D. Adams

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This is a model for the obverse of a laudatory medal, depicting John Edward Gray and his wife Emma Gray, and it is made by George Gammon Adams.

John Edward Gray (1800-1875) studied medicine. He had first interests in botany, later zoology. He worked at the British Museum in the zoology department from 1824 till 1874 and become keeper of the department there in 1840. His wife Maria Emma (1787-1876) was a conchologist and algologist and assisted her husband in his studies.

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

Superposed heads to right in profile of John Edward Gray (1800-1875) and his wife Maria Emma Gray. He is bare-headed and clean-shaven. She wears a lace cap. Inscribed.

Place of Origin

England (made)


ca. 1862 (made)


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

Materials and Techniques

White wax on slate


Diameter: 4.9 cm

Object history note

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

Descriptive line

Roundel, model for a laudatory medal, white wax on slate, John Edward Gray and Maria Emma Gray, by George Gammon Adams, English, ca. 1862

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

Forrer, L. Biographical Dictionary of Medallists, I, London, 1904, p. 467
Brown, Lawrence. British Historical Medals 1837-1901 - Vol II, The Reign of Queen Victoria. London: 1987, cat.no. 2787


Wax; Slate


Sculpture; Coins & Medals; Portraits


Sculpture Collection

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