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Prince Albert Installed as Chancellor of Cambridge University

Medal
ca. 1847 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

This gilt bronze electrotype roundel is cast of the obverse of a medal commemorating Prince Albert Installed as Chancellor of Cambridge University and is made by George Gammon Adams in ca. 1847.

George Gammon Adams (b. 1821-1898) was a portrait sculptor and medallist. He designed and exhibited prize medals for the Great Exhibition. In 1852 he was chosen to model the death mask of Wellington. One of his public monuments is the 'Napier' statue in Trafalgar square.

The roundel was among the items given to the Museum by I. D. Adams, the daughter of George Gammon Adams, in 1980. In total, 196 items were included in the Adams gift, which consisted of many models for medals as well as the busts and figurative sculpture. In most instances it is not possible to date conclusively the many models included in this gift.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Gilt bronze electrotype under glass cover
Brief Description
Roundel, gilt bronze electrotype, cast of medal commemorating Albert Edward, Prince of Wales installed as Chancellor of Cambridge University, by George Gammon Adams, English, ca. 1847
Physical Description
Head to left of Prince Albert, bareheaded and with a short moustache.
Dimensions
  • Diameter: 5.8cm
Marks and Inscriptions
'ALBERTUS PRINCEPS' [signed] 'G.G.ADAMS.F.' [and at lower edge] 'HUNT & ROSKILL'
Object history
Given by Miss I.D. Adams, daughter of George Gammon Adams in 1980.
Subject depicted
Summary
This gilt bronze electrotype roundel is cast of the obverse of a medal commemorating Prince Albert Installed as Chancellor of Cambridge University and is made by George Gammon Adams in ca. 1847.



George Gammon Adams (b. 1821-1898) was a portrait sculptor and medallist. He designed and exhibited prize medals for the Great Exhibition. In 1852 he was chosen to model the death mask of Wellington. One of his public monuments is the 'Napier' statue in Trafalgar square.



The roundel was among the items given to the Museum by I. D. Adams, the daughter of George Gammon Adams, in 1980. In total, 196 items were included in the Adams gift, which consisted of many models for medals as well as the busts and figurative sculpture. In most instances it is not possible to date conclusively the many models included in this gift.
Bibliographic References
  • Forrer, L. Biographical Dictionary of Medallists, I, London, 1904, p. 23
  • Brown, Lawrence. British Historical Medals 1837-1901 - Vol II, The Reign of Queen Victoria. London: 1987, cat.no. 2255
Collection
Accession Number
A.261-1980

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