Medal of David Roberts
Created by George T. Morgan
Usually date of exhibition rather than production
Object class: numismatics
Object type: medal
Material: metal - bronze
Description: The obverse of this bronze medal depicts David Roberts, facing to the left. On the reverse side there is an image of a Moorish scribe writing a letter for a female person. This is taken from a popular lithograph by David Roberts entitled 'The Letter Writer, Cairo'.
DAVID ROBERTS R:A: Signed: G MORGAN SC.
ART- UNION OF LONDON 1875
Notes: This medal was commissioned by the Art Union of London from the die engraver George T. Morgan in 1865 as part of the society's annual series of medallic portraits commemorating successful artists. The subject, David Roberts (1796-1864), was a Scottish artist who worked as a scenery painter until 1830 when his success allowed him to become a full-time artist. For the rest of his life Roberts travelled widely in Europe and the Far East and created highly popular paintings based on these experiences. The medal was awarded in 1875.
Makers, Owners and Exhibitors
Owned by Victoria and Albert Museum
Museum number: A.10-1970. See http://collections.vam.ac.uk/item/O311873/medal-david-robertsmoorish-david-roberts/ (accessed 29 August 2010)
V&A Search the collections
http://collections.vam.ac.uk/item/O311873/medal-david-robertsmoorish-david-roberts/ (accessed 29 August 2010)
Citing this record
'Medal of David Roberts', Mapping the Practice and Profession of Sculpture in Britain and Ireland 1851-1951, University of Glasgow History of Art and HATII, online database 2011 [http://sculpture.gla.ac.uk/view/object.php?id=ann_1283201594, accessed 26 Jan 2015]