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Portrait medallion depicting Prince Augustus Frederick, Duke of Sussex - 1787

Portrait medallion depicting Prince Augustus Frederick, Duke of Sussex
    Portrait medallion depicting Prince Augustus Frederick, Duke of Sussex

This portrait was modelled by John Charles Lochée in 1787. This portrait medallion is in Wedgwood's cream-coloured earthenware rather than the more familiar jasper, and is therefore probably made for internal reference in the factory rather than for sale. This seems to be substantiated by very rough glaze and the hole that has been drilled into medallion. Medallions for sale with this design were made in jasper and were advertised in Wedgwood and Bentley's 1787 catalogue. There is also a reference in manuscript E2-939 in the Wedgwood Archive on 30th April 1787 for '4 portraits from Lochee' [sic].

This portrait was modelled by John Charles Lochée in 1787. This portrait medallion is in Wedgwood's cream-coloured earthenware rather than the more familiar jasper, and is therefore probably made for internal reference in the factory rather than for sale. This seems to be substantiated by very rough glaze and the hole that has been drilled into medallion. Medallions for sale with this design were made in jasper and were advertised in Wedgwood and Bentley's 1787 catalogue. There is also a reference in manuscript E2-939 in the Wedgwood Archive on 30th April 1787 for '4 portraits from Lochee' [sic].

  • Type of object: Plaques and medallions/portrait medallion
  • Mark: WEDGWOOD
    [Impressed]
    augustus
    [Inscribed]
    47
    [Written in ink]
    48
    [Written in pencil]
  • Year produced: 1787
  • Body: Queen's ware, cream-coloured earthenware
  • Glaze: cream
  • Material: ceramic
  • Decoration: glazed, ornamented
  • Accession number: 13602
  • Dimensions: 75 mm (length), 58 mm (width), 10 mm (depth)

Related people

  • HRH Prince Augustus Frederick Subject

    HRH Prince Augustus Frederick - Subject (1773 - 1843)

    Born in 1773 in Buckingham Palace, Augustus was the sixth son of George III and the only son not to follow a military career. His father created him the Duke of Sussex and a Knight of the Garter in 1801. The Duke was married twice in his lifetime. He was President of the Royal Society from 1830 to 1838. As the favourite uncle of Queen Victoria, the Duke gave her away at her wedding to Prince Albert. He died in 1843.

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.

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