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Minto Memorial Medal: CM.7-2005

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Current Location: In storage


Artist: Wyon, Allan Gairdner
Issuer: Calcutta School of Tropical Medicine
Issuer: Elliot-Murray-Kynynmound, Gilbert Elliot, Earl of Minto (Struck in the name of)




The foundation of the Calcutta School for Tropical Medicine in 1921 had entailed a great deal of difficulty raising funds and support, as political opinion in the British Raj varied widely between those who saw it as necessary to engage the Indian population more directly in the country's administration, and those who saw this as the effective loss of British control. As the attitude of the latter group was widespread, the incentive for the Indians to take advantage of the opportunities forced upon the latter group by the former was slight and rarely exercised. One of the supporters enlisted by Sir Leonard Rogers, head of the Indian Medical Service, whose particular mission the school's establishment was, was Lady Minto, widow of the late Earl of Minto who had from 1905-1910 been Viceroy of India, and very much one of the traditionalist school of administration. Part of her support for the scheme was made manifest in the establishment of two scholarships and this annual prize, to be awarded in memory of the late Earl for especially outstanding medical research in the previous five years. The award was given in the form of a plaquette, of which this example is the designer's own white metal proof version; the Museum also has another in bronze.


History note: From the estate of the late Mrs Venetia M. Watson, daughter of the artist

Place(s) associated

  • Calcutta

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (2005-01-31) by Watson, Philip Charles


1921 CE - 1962 CE


White metal specimen

Components of the work

Object composed of white metal Diameter 46.0 mm Die Axis 0 degrees Weight 101.94 g

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: Bust of Lord Minto quarter left, with dates in field above and inscription in exergue panel

  • Text: EARL OF MINTO, K.G./VICEROY OF INDIA 1905-1910
  • Location: Obverse
  • Type: Design

Inscription present: Landscape of palm trees with inscriptions above and below

  • Location: Reverse
  • Type: Design

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Identification numbers

Accession number: CM.7-2005
Primary reference Number: 156527
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 25 January 2013 Last processed: Tuesday 13 June 2023

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Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Coins and Medals

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