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James Forrest Medal: CM.105-2005

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Current Location: In storage


Artist: Wyon, Allan
Issuer: Institution of Civil Engineers
Issuer: Forrest, James (Struck in the name of)




James Forrest was Secretary of the Institution of Civil Engineers from 1860 to 1896, and at his retirement subscriptions established a considerable fund. Some of this he requested be used to endow a fund for a medal to be awarded annually for a paper by an Associate Member or Student of the Institution. The medal is still awarded today, and in 1983 the Institution opened the award to Graduate Members as well. This piece is a bronze specimen of the original design by Allan Wyon, from his workshop and passed on thence to his descendant Allan Gairdner Wyon and from his collection to the Museum.


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 1897


Bronze specimen

Components of the work

Object composed of bronze Diameter 56.0 mm Die Axis 0 degrees Weight 127.86 g

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: Bust of James Forrest half right with inscriptions around

  • Location: Obverse
  • Type: Design

Inscription present: Frontage of Institution of Civil Engineers building with inscriptions around above and in exergue

  • Location: Reverse
  • Type: Design

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Identification numbers

Accession number: CM.105-2005
Primary reference Number: 156618
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Audit data

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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