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Die - City Parochial Foundation

City Parochial Foundation

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1891 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This is a die, an impression of a seal in lead (?), issued by the City Parochial Foundation, and made by George Gammmon Adams in 1891.

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

In the centre, the royal coat-of-arms is surrounded by ten shields bearing the arms of London County Council, City Corporation, University College, Kings College, Ecclesiastical Commissioners, City and Guilds of London, Bishops Gate, Cripplegate. Inscribed.

Place of Origin

England (made)


1891 (made)


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

Materials and Techniques


Marks and inscriptions



Diameter: 10.2 cm

Object history note

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

Descriptive line

Die, impression of seal, lead (?), Royal coat-of-arms with ten shields, by George Gammon Adams, English, 1891

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

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

Subjects depicted

Coat of arms; Shields


Coins & Medals; Sculpture


Sculpture Collection

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