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Portrait Medallion blue dip jasper with white relief of Admiral Keppel - no date

Portrait Medallion blue dip jasper with white relief of Admiral Keppel, © Wedgwood Museum
    Portrait Medallion blue dip jasper with white relief of Admiral Keppel
    © Wedgwood Museum

Augustus, Viscount Keppel, English Admiral, and First Lord of the Admiralty

Augustus Viscount Keppel (1725-1786) was a successful Admiral within the British Royal Navy during the 18th century. His popularity was so much so that Thomas Bentley's failiure to provide Josiah with a mould with which to make ceramic portraits of the Admiral caused Josiah to write to Bentley stating 'I am persuaded if we had had our wits about us as we ought to have had 2 or 3 months ago since we might have sold £1000 worth of this gentleman's head in various ways.' So was the fashion for portrait medallions of the rich and famous with the public in the late 18th century.

  • Type of object: Plaques and medallions/portrait medallion
  • Mark: WEDGWOOD & BENTLEY
    [IMP]
    KEPPEL
    [IMP on obverse]
  • Year produced: no date
  • Body: Jasper
  • Material: ceramic
  • Decoration: dipped
  • Accession number: 5124

Related people

  • Admiral Keppel - 1st Viscount Keppel Subject

    Admiral Keppel - 1st Viscount Keppel - Subject (1725 - 1786)

    Augustus Keppel was an officer in the Royal Navy achieving the rank of Admiral during the Seven Years War and the War of American of Independence, during the later years of which he served as the First Lord of the Admiralty. He was Member of Parliament for Chichester from 1775 to1761, and subsequently Windsor and later Surrey. Augustus was raised to the Peerage in 1782 as Viscount Keppel. He died - unmarried - in 1786.

Glossary

  • Portrait Medallion

    Portrait Medallion

     

    A medallion, either circular or oval, made usually from black basalt or jasper, which features a head or head and shoulders study, rather than a relief of a classical nature.