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Lord Howard de Walden Prize for Drama: CM.43-2005

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Current Location: In storage


Artist: Wyon, Allan Gairdner
Issuer: Royal Academy of Music
Issuer: Scott-Ellis, Thomas, Baron Howard de Walden




Thomas Scott-Ellis, the 8th Baron Howard de Walden, was as well as being a peer of the realm, a motorboat racer and a collector of armour, a playwright and patron of the theatre. Thus it was that he established in 1931 a prize with the Royal Academy of Music to be awarded annually for best performance in drama at the Academy. The prize is still awarded today, and takes the form of a bronze medal designed by Allan Gairdner Wyon. This example is a specimen of the design in bronze from Wyon's workshop. The original dies now reside with the Academy.


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

Place(s) associated

  • London

Acquisition and important dates

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


Production date: AD 1931


Bronze specimen

Components of the work

Object composed of bronze Diameter 47.0 mm Die Axis 0 degrees Weight 51.56 g

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: Bust of Lord Howard de Walden left with inscription around

  • Location: Obverse
  • Type: Design

Inscription present: Theatrical masks of the Three Ages of Man hung from peg in upper border, which otherwise contains legend

  • Location: Reverse
  • Type: Design

Identification numbers

Accession number: CM.43-2005
Primary reference Number: 156562
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 30 June 2016 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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