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Catalog Number 01.C.32
Object Name Medallion
Title Medallion with Relief Portrait of John Locke
Artist Unidentified
Description Small, classically-inspired, bust-length profile portrait relief within an oval medallion with molded edges. The medallion is made of plaster. The underside of the medallion is smooth, and is inscribed "Locke" in horizontally-oriented, free-hand script. The top center of the medallion has been fitted with a small brass loop. This object bears no identifying marks with regard to its maker or date. Several large cracks are visible running through the upper and lower surfaces of the medallion (they have all been repaired). Various chips in the upper surface edges of the medallion are visible as well. The underside of the medallion bears two additional markings: (1) "R-2-(101)" is inscribed in pencil near the top of the medallion; (2) "9-4" is inscribed in pencil along the right side of the medallion.
Label This small, plaster portrait medallion depicts John Locke (1632-1704), the English philosopher best known for providing the foundation for modern empiricism and political liberalism. The bust-length portrait profile faces to the viewer’s left. The sitter wears a combination open shirt or cravat and a classical drape. Locke’s hair hangs free to the back of his neck, and the portrait reveals a prominent nose and jowl. While no maker is known, the naturalistic style and composition of this relief portrait are likely copied from a Wedgwood medallion of the philosopher (c. 1779).
Material Plaster
Dimensions H-4.5 W-3.5 D-0.5 inches
Credit line American Philosophical Society
Search Terms sculpture