Edwin Forrest Presentation Medal

Object Number: 
INV.12837
Date: 
1834 or later
Medium: 
Gilt bronze; paper
Dimensions: 
diameter: 1 11/16 in. ( 4.3 cm )
Marks: 
Inscription: obverse, below bust truncation, at right: "C.C. W. Sc." Inscription: reverse, in exergue, at left: "C.INGHAM. DEL."
Description: 
Gilt bronze struck copy of the medal presented by the citizens of New York to Edwin Forrest in 1843; with obverse showing nude bust of Forrest facing left with legend: "HISTRIONI OPTIMO. EDUINO FORREST. VIRO PRAESTANTI./MDCCCXXXIV." Reverse depicts seated figure of Melpomene, muse of tragedy, holding laurel wreath and dagger, with drinking cup and male mask at her left; surrounding legend: "GREAT IN MOUTHS OF WISEST CENSURE."
Gallery Label: 
Edwin Forrest (1806-1872) was a famous American tragic actor. He successfully preformed both in the United States and Europe.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Mr. James Lawson, 1958
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group