Edwin Forrest Presentation Medal
Gilt bronze; paper
diameter: 1 11/16 in. ( 4.3 cm )
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."
Gift of Mr. James Lawson, 1958
Inscription: obverse, below bust truncation, at right: "C.C. W. Sc."
Inscription: reverse, in exergue, at left: "C.INGHAM. DEL."
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