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Coronation of King George V and Queen Mary

  • Object:

    Medal

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1911 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Bowcher, Frank, born 1864 - died 1938 (medallist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Bronze

  • Museum number:

    A.104-1980

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This medal was issued to commemorate the Coronation of King George V and Queen Mary, which took place on 22 June 1911.
It is made by Frank Bowcher (1864-1938), who was a British medallist and sculptor. He studied in London at the National Art Training School, under Edward Onslow Ford; and in Paris, where he was influenced by the work of Jules-Clément Chaplain and Oscar Roty. In 1886 he produced a medallic portrait of the Khedive of Egypt and in the following year was commissioned by the Royal Mint to produce designs for the Egyptian coinage. The 1890s saw an increasing number of commissions for medals: from the City of London for the Visit of the King and Queen of Denmark, the Opening of Tower Bridge and the Diamond Jubilee; from the Geological Society for the Joseph Prestwich medal; and from the Royal College of Science for the Thomas Huxley memorial medal (all London, B.M.). In 1903, following the death of George William de Saulles, Bowcher stepped in to finish the great seal of Edward VII. He was a founder-member of the Royal Society of British Sculptors and until the 1930s exhibited regularly at the Royal Academy. In the early 1920s he produced, under the direction of M. H. Spielmann (1858-1948), a series of plaquettes of the rulers of Baroda.

Physical description

Obverse: King George V and Queen Mary crowned left facing. Inscribed.
Reverse: Seated in centre George V holds an orb and sceptre. Mary seated to his left holds a sceptre. Behind them are the Houses of Parliament with Britannia standing behind the King. A lion is at his feet and two cherubs are positioned either side of the platform which is inscribed.

Place of Origin

England (made)

Date

1911 (made)

Artist/maker

Bowcher, Frank, born 1864 - died 1938 (medallist)

Materials and Techniques

Bronze

Marks and inscriptions

'GEORGE . V . MARY.' [signed] 'F. BOWCHER. F. 1911'
obverse

'GOD SAVE THE KING. HOMAGE OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE 1911. SPINK LOND.'
reverse

'PRESENTED TO MRS WALTER BATES BY THE STAFF OF THE CITY OF LONDON UNION, HOMERTON, CORONATION DAY 1911'
at rim

Dimensions

Diameter: 6.3 cm

Object history note

Given by Professor J. Hull Grundy and Mrs. Ann Hull Grundy, in 1980.

Descriptive line

Medal, bronze, Coronation of King George V and Queen Mary, by Frank Bowcher, English, 1911

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

Fearon, D., Spink's Catalogue of British Commemorative Medals 1558 to the present day, Exeter, 1984, p. 85, no. 363.2

Subjects depicted

Sceptre; Orb

Categories

Coins & Medals; Sculpture; Portraits; Royalty

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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