1861 Rare 1/30 Large Antique Art Union Of London/sir David Wilkie Silver Medal
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1861 Rare 1/30 Large Antique Art Union Of London/sir David Wilkie Silver Medal:
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- A large antique, dated 1861 solid Sterling silver standard medal or medallion with a diameter of 2.2 in ( 55 mm) and weighing 88.2 grams. Only 30 silver examples of this particular medal were awarded. In 1841, the ART UNION OF LONDON decided to promote medal engraving by issuing an annual medal depicting an artist or architect to be offered as one of the annual prizes. This particular medal has a head and shoulders profile of SIR DAVID WILKIE 1785 - 1841 ( who achieved fame as a painter of village life) facing right while the reverse has part of his picture ' THE RENT DAY '. The medal is in overall very good condition with only minor marks to the raised edge and comes in the Moroccan leather covered and silk/velvet lined case, as found. A very rare antique medal which would make a welcome addition to someones collection, display etc......