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W. W. Wroth

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Bower [Bowers], George (d. 1690), medallist, was active from 1660 in London. His first recorded medals commemorated the restoration of Charles II, and were followed by several on the royal marriage in 1662 between Charles and Catherine of Braganza. In 1664 he was appointed embosser-in-ordinary, which provided much work in the ...

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Briot, Nicholas (1579–1646), coin- and seal-engraver and medallist, was born at Damblein in Bassigny, duchy of Bar, France, the son of Didier Briot, merchant. Between 1606 and 1625 he was engraver-general at the Paris mint, where he experimented with machinery for striking coins, a subject which was to dominate his thinking for the rest of his life. Having set out his proposals in 1615 in a treatise entitled ...

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W. W. Wroth

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Clint, Scipio (1805–1839), medallist and sculptor, was one of the nine children of the portrait painter and engraver, George Clint ARA (1770–1854). He was awarded a gold medal at the Society of Arts in 1824 and 1826. On 20 August 1828 he married at ...

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Dassier, Jacques-Antoine [James Anthony] (1715–1759), medallist, was born on 15 November 1715 in the place de la Madeleine, Geneva, the son of the medallist John (Jean) Dassier (1676–1763). After early instruction from his father he went to Paris about 1732 for training under the goldsmith ...

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Dassier, John [Jean] (1676–1763), medallist, was born on 17 August 1676 in the place de la Madeleine, Geneva, the son of Domaine Dassier (d. 1720), a silversmith and engraver to the Geneva mint. After learning die-sinking from his father, Dassier travelled to ...

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R. L. Charles

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John, Sir William Goscombe (1860–1952), sculptor and medallist, was born at 3 Union Street, Canton, near Cardiff, on 21 March 1860, the elder son of Thomas John (1834–1893) and his wife, Elizabeth, née Smith. As a young man he assumed the name Goscombe...

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Kirk, John (1724?–1778?), medallist, probably became a pupil of the medallist James Anthony Dassier about 1740. It is difficult to be certain of his life because of the profusion of medallists and engravers named John Kirk. From about 1740 until 1778 he produced a large number of medals signed ...

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Nathaniel Marchant (1738/99–1816) attrib. Hugh Douglas Hamilton, c. 1779–88 by courtesy of the Trustees of Sir John Soane's Museum

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Marchant, Nathaniel (1738/9–1816), gem-engraver and medallist, came from a family long-established in the village of Mayfield, Sussex. Details of his parentage and birth are obscure, although he was possibly the son of another Nathaniel Marchant (b. 1702), at one time an apprentice watchmaker. ...

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Percy Metcalfe (1895–1970) by Bassano, 1940 ? National Portrait Gallery, London

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Metcalfe, Percy (1895–1970), coin, medal, and seal designer and sculptor, was born in Longfield Terrace, Alverthorpe, Wakefield, Yorkshire, on 14 January 1895, the son of John Metcalfe, a mechanic, and his wife, Hannah, née Thorpe. He studied at Leeds School of Art and the ...

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Mills, George (1792/3–1824), medallist, was born in 1792 or before 28 January 1793. Although his work is known and published, little is recorded of his life and career. His first patron was Benjamin West, who pronounced him the first medallist in England, and to whose memory ...

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Milton, John (1759–1805), seal engraver and medallist, was born on 19 July 1759. In 1785 he married Sarah (d. 1796), the daughter of Henry Gretton, a seal engraver of Fenchurch Street, London; they had a son, Henry, and two daughters, Emma and ...

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W. W. Wroth

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Moore, Joseph (1817–1892), medallist and die-sinker, was born at Eastbourne, Sussex, on 17 February 1817, the son of Edwin Moore, a builder of hothouses, who temporarily left his business during the Peninsular War (1807–14) and in a fit of enthusiasm joined the 10th hussars...

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Mossop [formerly Browne], William (1751–1805), medallist, was born in Mary's parish, Dublin. His father was one Browne, a Roman Catholic, but his mother remarried a relative of the actor Henry Mossop and changed William's name to Mossop. This allowed him to enter the ...

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W. W. Wroth

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Mossop, William Stephen (1788–1827), medallist, was born in Dublin in 1788, and baptized there on 22 May at St John's Church, the son of William Mossop (1751–1805), medallist, and Letitia Parker. He was educated at Samuel Whyte's academy, Grafton Street, Dublin, and in 1802 entered the art schools of the ...

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Natter, Johann Lorenz (1705–1763), gem-engraver and medallist, was born on 21 March 1705 at Biberach-an-der-Riss, Germany, the second son of Johann Ulrich Natter, a dyer (Garnsieder). He first trained alongside his elder brother, Johann Georg, as a jeweller in Biberach, but in 1724 he left the town for ...

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W. W. Wroth

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Ochs, John Ralph (1704–1788), medallist, was the son of Johann Rudolph Ochs (1673–1749/50), gem-engraver and sealcutter, from Bern, Switzerland. Johann Rudolph Ochs the elder worked for a time at the Royal Mint as assistant. Füssli (p. 474) described him as being 'appreciated as one of the great modern artists'. ...

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Pingo family (per. c. 1690–1815), clockmakers, engravers, and medallists, was established in London in the 1670s. It is believed that the name Pingo or Pingoe—as it was formerly, and occasionally, styled—comes from Devon, where members of the Pyncowe, Pinchoe, and Pinkoe families were living between the 1480s and 1640s....