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John Gray and Emma Gray: Laudatory Medal

  • Object:

    Model

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1862 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Plaster

  • Museum number:

    A.151-1980

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

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

Gray (1800-1875) studied medicine. First interests in botany, later zoology. Worked at the British Museum in the zoology department from 1824 till 1874 and bacame keeper of the department there in 1840. His wife Emma assisted him 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 and his wife Maria Emma Gray. He is bare-headed and clean-shaven. She wears a lace cap.

Place of Origin

England (made)

Date

ca. 1862 (made)

Artist/maker

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

Materials and Techniques

Plaster

Dimensions

Diameter: 25 cm, Depth: 2.7 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, John Gray and Emma Gray: Laudatory Medal, by George Gammon Adams, English, 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

Categories

Sculpture; Portraits

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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