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Medals: CM.86-2005

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Current Location: In storage


Ruler: Victoria (1837-1901) (Struck in the name of)
Artist: Wyon, William
Issuer: National Art Training School




The National Art Training School in South Kensington was the premier artistic school of Victorian England, although its teaching was criticised at the time for the lengths of time taken over small pieces. Nonetheless places were extremely difficult to attain and the prestige of a qualification from there considerable. The organisation now exists, under somewhat different principles, as the Royal College of Art. Whatever the ideals of the National Art Training School, particular success by them could earn its students prize medals, and this piece is a bronze specimen of one such medal by William Wyon. Its edge is marked "159" but there is no other indication of a recipient. It came to the Museum from the collection of Wyon's descendant Allan Gairdner Wyon, and so is likely to have remained in the designer's workshop to be passed on at his death.


History note: From the estate of the late Mrs Venetia M. Watson, daughter of the artist's descendant Allan Gairdner Wyon

Place(s) associated

  • London

Acquisition and important dates

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


Production date: AD 1878


Bronze specimen, edge numbered 159

Components of the work

Object composed of bronze Diameter 50.0 mm Die Axis 0 degrees Weight 56.68 g

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: Head of Queen Victoria left in coronet with inscription around

  • Location: Obverse
  • Type: Design

Inscription present: Laurel-wreath border with circle of points either side surrounding central inscription

  • Location: Reverse
  • Type: Design

Identification numbers

Accession number: CM.86-2005
Primary reference Number: 156600
Brown: 3049
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 30 June 2016 Last processed: Tuesday 13 June 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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