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Gilbert Stuart Medal

Object Number: 
1935.118
Date: 
1848
Medium: 
Bronze
Dimensions: 
diameter: 2 1/2 in. ( 6.4 cm )
Marks: 
Inscription: obverse, below bust truncation, at right: "C.C.WRIGHT" Inscription: obverse, at lower center of field: "S.ELLIS DEL." Inscription: reverse, on second step, at center: "DUGGAN DEL." Inscription: reverse, in exergue: "C.C.Wright"
Description: 
Bronze struck medal with obverse showing nude bust of Stuart facing left with legend: "GILBERT STUART." Reverse depicts female figure presenting laure wreath to artist with sculptor awaiting his turn; legend: "AMERICAN ART-UNION."; date below "1848", all within beaded border.
Gallery Label: 
This medal is one of a series of three medals issued by the American Art Union that honored prominent artists. The others were John Trumbull and Washington Allston. The American Art Union was formed in 1939 by a group of New York businessmen. Its goals included "cultivating the talent of artists" and "promoting the popular taste." The group bought paintings by notable American artists and distributed them to subscribers by lottery.
Credit Line: 
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Creative: Tronvig Group