Money & Medals is the monthly newsletter for numismatics in Britain. It is associated with the Money and Medals Network based at
the British Museum and in association with the RNS, BNS and a number of key partners. The September 2016 issue includes this review of an
exhibit of prize medals at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford. -Editor
Review - All Must Have Prizes, Ashmolean Museum
Janet Larkin, Secretary, British Art Medal Society
Guest curator Sir Mark Jones has selected a fascinating group of prize medals dating from the mid-eighteenth to the mid- nineteenth century
for this special display at the Ashmolean. Dating from a time when best practice in husbandry, a good education, quality of work, and the acquisition
of useful skills were to be encouraged - not only for the individual but for the greater good of society, the medals reveal much about the
aspirations of those who competed for them and the aims of those who sponsored their production.
In addition, they demonstrate the artistry and skill of the designers and medal- makers responsible for creating them. BAMS delegates
attending the weekend conference in Oxford in June enjoyed a Private View of the display, and all would join me in recommending it. Put
simply, it deserves a prize!
Here's some more information from the museum's web site. -Editor
All Must Have Prizes 1750–1850
14 Jun 2016 to 13 Nov 2016
This display of medals and prizes from the mid-eighteenth century tell us about the ideals of personal and professional improvement through
competition during the time in which they were made.
Their images and inscriptions reveal the hopes and aspirations of those who created and competed for them.
Image: God Speed the Field, 1790, by John Milton. Duke of Athol’s Farming Prize
Some prize-winning medals here. Sounds like a great exhibit. -Editor
To read the complete article, see:
Exhibition/Display Details All Must Have Prizes 1750–1850
Wayne Homren, Editor
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