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Roundel - William Dyce
  • William Dyce
    Adams, George Gammon, born 1821 - died 1898
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William Dyce

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1840 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Red wax

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Miss I.D. Adams

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This is a roundel and model for the reverse of the Art Union Laudatory Medal depicting a detail of the painting 'The Good Shepherd' of William Dyce, and is made by George Gammon Adams.

William Dyce (1806-64) was educated at Marischal College, Aberdeen and took an MA degree at the age of sixteen. In 1825 he went to Rome where he studied pre-Raphaelite art and originated that school of painting in England with his 'Madonna and Child' in 1828. He was elected F.R.S of Edinburgh, 1832 and Professor of Fine Arts, Kings College London in 1844 where he delivered, and subsequently published a lecture on the 'Theory of the Fine Arts'. He became a Royal Academician in 1848.

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

Detail from Dyce's painting 'The Good Shpeherd'. Christ leading two sheep and carrying a lamb. Inscribed and signed.

Place of Origin

England (made)


ca. 1840 (made)


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

Materials and Techniques

Red wax


Diameter: 5.5 cm

Object history note

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

Descriptive line

Roundel, model for a medal, red wax, Art Union Laudatory Medal, detail of painting 'The Good Shepherd' by Dyce, by George Gammon Adams, English, 1867

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

Forrer, L. Biographical Dictionary of Medallists, I, London, 1904, p. 24
Brown, Lawrence. British Historical Medals 1837-1901 - Vol II, The Reign of Queen Victoria. London: 1987, cat.no. 2873
Beaulah, G.K., 'The Medals of the Art Union of London', The British Numismatic Journal, Vol XXXVI, 1967, p. 184, no. 17



Subjects depicted

Sheep; Lamb


Sculpture; Coins & Medals


Sculpture Collection

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