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Medal - Prix Du Ministre de la Guerre (War Office)
  • Prix Du Ministre de la Guerre (War Office)
    Grandhomme, Paul
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Prix Du Ministre de la Guerre (War Office)

  • Object:

    Medal

  • Place of origin:

    France (made)

  • Date:

    1911 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Grandhomme, Paul (medallist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Bronze

  • Museum number:

    A.92-1978

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This medal was issued by the French Ministre de la Guerre (War Office) and is made by Paul Grand'homme, who was active from 1906-1912. He was a medallist and sculptor, pupil of Chaplain, and exhibited at several Salons between 1906 and 1912.

This medal, in anticipating the outbreak of the War, may be seen as a legacy of 19th century Prussian offensives against France, and indicators of the rising political and military tension in Europe, recognised by the French Prime Minister, Georges Clemenceau (1841-1929) after the formulation of the Schlieffen plan in 1905.

Physical description

Obverse: Round a broken column pierced by bullet holes are trophies of war, including an aeroplane and weapons, together with laurel branches. A lion faces right. Inscribed.
Reverse: A female figure representing the French Republic is seated on a cannon, facing left, and invites a young soldier to join the battle. Inscribed.

Place of Origin

France (made)

Date

1911 (made)

Artist/maker

Grandhomme, Paul (medallist)

Materials and Techniques

Bronze

Marks and inscriptions

'ENTRAINEMENT . PHYSIQUE . PREPARATION . MILITAIRE'
obverse

'Prix de la MINISTRE DE LA GUERRE'
obverse, on column

'FORCE COURAGE' [and signed at right] 'Grandhomme 1911'
obverse, in exergue

'SI . VIS . PACCEM . PARA . BELLUM' [and in exergue] 'PRO PATRIA'
'if you want peace, prepare to die for your country'
reverse

Dimensions

Diameter: 4.98 cm

Object history note

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

Descriptive line

Prix de la Ministre de la Guerre (War Office), bronze, by Paul Grand'homme, French, 1911

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

Forrer, L. Biographical Dictionary of Medallists, II, p. 310 and Vol. VII, p. 389

Materials

Bronze

Subjects depicted

Female figure; Cannon; Laurel; Lion; Soldier; Column; Weapon; Aeroplane

Categories

Coins & Medals; Sculpture; Politics

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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