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Commemorating 60 years of Queen Victoria's Reign

  • Object:

    Model

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1897 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Plaster

  • Museum number:

    A.143-1980

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This roundel is a model for the obverse of a commemorative medal to celebrate 60 years of Queen Victoria's reign, 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

Obverse: Conjoined heads to left of Queen Victoria as a young Queen and widow. The young head has a coronet of flowers, and pleat of hair falling over her cheek. The older head has a diadem and lace trimmed veil, earrings and necklace.

Place of Origin

England (made)

Date

1897 (made)

Artist/maker

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

Materials and Techniques

Plaster

Dimensions

Diameter: 19.5 cm, Depth: 1 cm

Object history note

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

Historical significance: The younger head is similar to that shown on the plaster roundel A.160-1980, whilst the older head is similar to that shown on the plaster roundel A.158-1980.

Descriptive line

Roundel, model for a medal, plaster, Commemorating 60 years of Queen Victoria's Reign, George Gammon Adams, English, 1897

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

Forrer, L. Biographical Dictionary of Medallists, I, London, 1904, p. 25
Brown, Lawrence. British Historical Medals 1837-1901 - Vol II, The Reign of Queen Victoria. London: 1987, cat.no. 3507

Categories

Sculpture; Portraits; Royalty

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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