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Catalog Number 1972.2496
Object Name Medallion
Title Medallion with Portrait of George Washington
Artist Bentley, A. H.
School Wedgwood
Description Profile portrait of George Washington, identical to 58.S.46. White on black dip jasperware. Inscribed "WEDGWOOD/O" and "Washington" on rear.
Label This profile portrait of George Washington is derived from a 1789 medal by Pierre Simon Benjamin Duvivier that commemorates the commander-in-chief's retaking of Boston from the British in March of 1776. Duvivier based his portrayal of Washington on a 1785 bust of Washington, sculpted at Mount Vernon by Jean Antoine Houdon. The Duvivier medal was one of a series by different artists honoring revolutionary heroes, commissioned by the Continental Congress and executed in Paris. Since Josiah Wedgwood, founder of the famed English ceramics firm, was a supporter of revolutionary ideals, his firm produced a number of medallions representing the American founding fathers. The original Wedgwood medallion of Washington was made in 1790. A. H. Bentley, a sculptor at Wedgwood in the early 20th century, may have molded the APS's medallion. Bentley reproduced several earlier medallions, and his replicas are often mistaken for the 18th-century originals.
Medium Ceramic
Dimensions H-8 W-7 inches
Dimension Details Oval
Framed: 12 x 11 x 1.5
Credit line American Philosophical Society. Gift of the estate of Isaac Minis Hays, 1967.
Search Terms 18th century
eighteenth century
Founding Father