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Block mould for a portrait medallion depicting George Augustus Frederick, Prince of Wales, later George IV - 1787

Block mould for a portrait medallion depicting George Augustus Frederick, Prince of Wales, later Geo
    Block mould for a portrait medallion depicting George Augustus Frederick, Prince of Wales, later Geo

This portrait was originally modelled by John Flaxman Jnr in about 1787. The design was taken from a wax portrait also by Flaxman. At least six different portrait medallion designs were produced of King George IV before 1790. This mould has been broken in two, probably during its working lifetime. A repair has been fashioned using red sealing wax to glue the two pieces together.

This portrait was originally modelled by John Flaxman Jnr in about 1787. The design was taken from a wax portrait also by Flaxman. At least six different portrait medallion designs were produced of King George IV before 1790. This mould has been broken in two, probably during its working lifetime. A repair has been fashioned using red sealing wax to glue the two pieces together.

  • Type of object: Manufacturing paraphernalia and miscellany/mould
  • Mark: Prince
    of
    Wales
    [Written in ink]
  • Year produced: 1787
  • Body: Plaster of Paris
  • Glaze: unglazed
  • Material: ceramic
  • Accession number: 2976
  • Dimensions: 115 mm (length), 90 mm (width), 38 mm (depth)

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  • HM King George IV Subject

    HM King George IV - Subject (1762 - 1830)

    George IV (George Augustus Frederick) was the King the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland and of Hanover from 1820 until his death. He was son of George III and Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz and married to Caroline of Brunswick who gave birth to their daughter Charlotte Augusta in 1796.

Glossary

  • Block mould

    Block mould

    The master mould often carved in wood, wax or low-fired earthenware from which working plaster of Paris moulds are taken.

  • 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.