Joseph Priestley (1733-1804)
Wood, leather, glass and inscribed backboard
Overall: 3 1/4 x 2 5/8 x 1/4 in. ( 8.3 x 6.7 x 0.6 cm )
inscribed: on backboard in pen: "Joseph Priestley LL. D/ Impression on Leather/Presented to/ The New York Historical Society by/ John Pintard/Oct 16th. 1809"
This profile medallion of the clergyman and scientist Joseph Priestley is based on Ceracchi's Wedgwood profile medallion, sculpted in 1774, and was probably made by one of the several diemakers employed in Philadelphia at that time by the United States Mint.
Gift of John Pintard
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