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Medal - Martin Folkes

Martin Folkes

  • Object:

    Medal

  • Place of origin:

    Rome (made)

  • Date:

    1742 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Hamerani, Ottone, born 1694 - died 1768 (made)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Bronze

  • Museum number:

    A.99-1978

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This medal depicting the head of Martin Folkes (1690-1754) was made by Ottone Hamerani probably in 1742. It is likely that the medal was struck as a mark of esteem in Rome around the time that Folks was made a member of the French Academy in 1742.
Folks was an English antiquary and collector. he was President of the Royal Society between 1741 and 1753, and President of the Society of Antiquaries from 1750.

Physical description

Obverse: head of Martin Folkes (1690-1754), President of the Royal Society, facing right. Inscription.
Reverse: A sphinx with a crescent moon her side lies in front of a landscape strewn with classical ruins, including the tomb of Caius Sestus, beneath a radiant sun. Inscription.

Place of Origin

Rome (made)

Date

1742 (made)

Artist/maker

Hamerani, Ottone, born 1694 - died 1768 (made)

Materials and Techniques

Bronze

Marks and inscriptions

'MARTINVS FOLKES'
obverse

'SUA SIDERA NORUNT: ROMAE. A.L. / S [?].742'
' The constellation acknowledges him as their own: at Rome in the year of light, 5742 (AD 1738 or 1742)'
reverse

Dimensions

Diameter: 3.7 cm

Object history note

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

Descriptive line

Bronze medal, portrait of Martin Folkes, by Ottone Hamerani, English, probably 1742

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

Hawkins, E., Medallic Illustrations of the History of Great Britain and Ireland to the death of George II, 1885, vol II, p. 571
Eisler, William, "The Construction of the Image of Martin Folkes (1690-1754) Part I: Art, science and Masonic sociability in the age of the Grand Tour", The Medal, no. 58 (Spring 2011), pp. 4-29, p. 5 ill. 1.

Production Note

probably 1742

Materials

Bronze

Subjects depicted

Landscape; Tomb; Sphinx; Ruins; Sun

Categories

Coins & Medals; Portraits; Sculpture

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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