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Model - The John Charles Robinson Medal
  • The John Charles Robinson Medal
    Powell, Felicity, born 1961 - died 2015
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The John Charles Robinson Medal

  • Object:

    Model

  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    2002 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Powell, Felicity, born 1961 - died 2015 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Plaster, moulded and set

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the artist

  • Museum number:

    A.7-2002

  • Gallery location:

    Sculpture, Room 111, The Gilbert Bayes Gallery, case DR11

This is a model for the medal commemorating John Charles Robinson (1824-1913) that the V&A commissioned from the artist Felicity Powell in 2002. Robinson was Curator of Sculpture at the South Kensington Museum (now the V&A) and acquired many important works for the collection in the 1850s and 1860s. On the reverse of the actual medal the artist has used as inspiration the hands from the carved figures in the Annunciation by Arnolfo di Cambio of about 1300 in a relief style inspired by the Donatello marble relief Ascension with Christ giving keys to St Peter (7629-1861). Robinson bought this work for the Museum in 1861 (see inv.no.7563-1861). During the design process the artist explores and reworks various ideas. This is a model from which Powell made trial versions in plaster before the design was finalised.

Physical description

A plaster model at one stage of the development of the design of the Robinson medal. This is the reverse side; five hands gesturing. Composition taken from The Annunciation (7563-1861) from the workshop of Arnolfio Cambio in a relief style inspired by the Donatello marble relief Ascension with Christ giving keys to St Peter (7629-1861).

Place of Origin

London (made)

Date

2002 (made)

Artist/maker

Powell, Felicity, born 1961 - died 2015 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Plaster, moulded and set

Dimensions

Diameter: 11.6 cm, Depth: 3 cm

Object history note

Given by Felicity Powell (together with A.6, 8 & 9-2002 and E.1031 to E.1034-2003).

Descriptive line

Model, plaster, for the reverse of the John Charles Robinson medal, by Felicity Powell, London, 2002

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

Roth, Nancy. “Now is the time. Felicity Powell’s tribute to John Charles Robinson”. In: The Medal, no. 42, spring 2003, pp. 75-82

Materials

Plaster

Techniques

Moulding

Subjects depicted

Hands

Categories

Sculpture; Coins & Medals

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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