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Washington Allston Medal

Washington Allston Medal
Title
Washington Allston Medal
Date 
1847
Medium 
Bronze
Dimensions 
diameter: 2 1/2 in. ( 6.4 cm )
Description 
Bronze struck medal with obverse showing nude bust of Allston facing right with legend: "WASHINGTON ALLSTON." Reverse depicts female figure presenting laurel wreath to artist with sculptor awaiting his turn; legend: "AMERICAN ART-UNION."; date below "1847", all within beaded border.
Object Number 
INV.4735
Marks 
Inscription: obverse, at lower left of field: "P.P.DUGGAN DEL." Inscription: obverse, at lower right of field: "C.C.WRIGHT SC." Inscription: reverse, at lower center of image, on second step: "P.P.DUGGAN DEL." Inscription: reverse, at lower right of field, on first step: "C.C.WRIGHT SC."
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 Gilbert Stuart.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group