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The Death of King George III

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1820 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Marrian, John, born 1796 - died 1848 (medallist)
    Thomason, Edward Sir, born 1769 - died 1849 (publisher)

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This medal depicts the portrait of King George III and was made by the medallist John Marrian and published by Thomason & Jones of Birmingham. It was issued to commemorate the King's death on 29 January 1820.
Sir Edward Thomason was a silversmith, manufacturer and inventor, son of a buckle-manufacturer of Birmingham. At the age of sixteen he was apprenticed to Matthew Boulton, of Soho. After the retirement of his father in 1793, Edward started a manufactory of gilt and plated buttons, then also medals, tokens, works in bronze, and silver and gold plate. His output was considerable. Thomason issued a series of medals of Kings and Queens of England. Many of these productions of Thomason are signed Thomason & Jones.

Physical description

Obverse: Laureate, draped, cuirassed bust of George III, facing left, inscribed.
Reverse: A griefstricken Britannia with shield and lion kneels in front of a monument depicting two figures. Inscription.

Place of Origin

England (made)


1820 (made)


Marrian, John, born 1796 - died 1848 (medallist)
Thomason, Edward Sir, born 1769 - died 1849 (publisher)

Materials and Techniques


Marks and inscriptions

'GEORGIUS.III.D.G.REX' [and signed] 'I.M.' [and] 'T.&J.D'
'George III, King by the Grace of God'

'NAT.4 JUN 1738. COR 22 SEPT 1761/ MORT 29 JAN. 1820'
'Born 4 June 1738 crowned 22 September 1761 died 29 January 1820'


Diameter: 4.1 cm

Object history note

Given by Professor J. Hull Grundy and Mrs. Ann Hull Grundy, in 1978.

Descriptive line

Medal, bronze, The Death of King George III, by John Marrian and published by Thomason & Jones, English, 1820

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

Brown, Lawrence. British Historical Medals 1760-1960, Vol I, The Accession of George III to the Death of William IV, London, 1980, cat. no. 997



Subjects depicted

Shield; Monument; Lion


Coins & Medals; Sculpture; Portraits; Death; Royalty


Sculpture Collection

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