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Portrait Medallion of Sir Christopher Wren (1632-1723): C.1-1948

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Current Location: In storage


Portrait Medallion of Sir Christopher Wren (1632-1723)


Factory: Wedgwood
Le Marchand, David (After)




Jasper, solid pale blue with white relief, inscribed in gold 'Christopher Wren'. Bust portrait in high relief in profile to right, with the inscription below the truncation. The back is incised 'Sir Ch.r Wren', and has nine small holes behind the bust. The edge of the medallion is curved and slopes outwards towards the back edge.


History note: Unknown before donor

Legal notes

Given by Mrs F. W. Green

Measurements and weight

Height: 11.2 cm
Width: 8.8 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Etruria ⪼ Staffordshire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1948-02-20) by Green, F. W., Mrs


Circa 1860 - 1900


This portrait was based on an ivory relief by David Le Marchand (1674-1726) of c. 1723, now in the National Portrait Gallery. It was engraved in reverse by S. Coignand for C. Wren, junior, Parentalia, 1750. See Documentation.

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Materials used in production

Jasper ware

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: WEDGWOOD
  • Location: On the back
  • Method of creation: Impressed
  • Type: Mark
  • Text: Christopher Wren
  • Location: Below the truncation
  • Method of creation: Gold
  • Text: Sir Ch.r Wren
  • Location: On the back
  • Method of creation: Incised

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.1-1948
Primary reference Number: 11435
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 24 April 2019 Last processed: Tuesday 13 June 2023

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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