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King Louis XIII

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    France (made)

  • Date:

    1610 (dated)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Dupré, Guillaume (medallist)

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This bronze medal, depicting King Louis XIII is made by Guillaume Dupré in France in 1610.

The commemorative portrait medal was especially highly regarded in France during the first half of the 17th century. Guillaume Dupré (1579-1644), court medallist to Henry IV, undertook medallic portrait commissions in Italy from 1612. Dupré's grasp of the Italian tradition, together with his considerable technical skills, enabled him to cast medals in a style that proved influential on succeeding generations of French medallists.

Physical description

Medal depicts on the obverse the bust of Loius XIII when a boy. On the reverse is a nude figure of the young king, holding the orb and cross. beside him is his mother as Minerva, with legend.

Place of Origin

France (made)


1610 (dated)


Dupré, Guillaume (medallist)

Materials and Techniques



Length: 5.39 cm, Width: 4.13 cm

Descriptive line

Medal, bronze, King Louis XIII, by Guillaume Dupré, France, dated 1610

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

Inventory of Art Objects Acquired in the Year 1860. In: Inventory of the Objects in the Art Division of the Museum at South Kensington, Arranged According to the Dates of their Acquisition. Vol I. London: Printed by George E. Eyre and William Spottiswoode for H.M.S.O., 1868, p. 25
Jones, Mark. Catalogue of the French Medals in the British Museum, Vol II, 1600-1672. London: 1988, pp. 74-75, No 32



Subjects depicted

Figure, nude; Orb; Legend (text); Cross


Coins & Medals; Portraits; Sculpture; Royalty


Sculpture Collection

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