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Block mould for a portrait medallion depicting Prince Edward, Duke of Kent - 1780

Block mould for a portrait medallion depicting Prince Edward, Duke of Kent
    Block mould for a portrait medallion depicting Prince Edward, Duke of Kent

This portrait of the Duke of Kent is often attributed to John Flaxman and exists in two extremely similar forms. These portraits were not listed in Wedgwood and Bentley's catalogues, therefore an exact date of production is not known. However it is likely that this mould dates from after 1780.

This portrait of the Duke of Kent is often attributed to John Flaxman and exists in two extremely similar forms. These portraits were not listed in Wedgwood and Bentley's catalogues, therefore an exact date of production is not known. However it is likely that this mould dates from after 1780.

  • Type of object: Manufacturing paraphernalia and miscellany/mould
  • Mark: P Edward
    Duke Kent
    [Written in pencil]
  • Year produced: 1780
  • Body: Plaster of Paris
  • Glaze: unglazed
  • Material: ceramic
  • Accession number: 2914
  • Dimensions: 97 mm (length), 76 mm (width), 24 mm (depth)

Related people

  • HRH Duke of Kent and Stathearn Subject

    HRH Duke of Kent and Stathearn - Subject (1767 - 1820)

    Born in Buckingham Palace in 1767, Edward was the fourth son of King George III and eventually would become father of Queen Victoria. He was created Duke of Kent and Strathearn in 1799, and having been promoted to General was appointed Commander-in-Chief British Forces in North America. He was the first member of the Royal Family to actually live in the USA. The Duke served for a while as Governor General of Gibraltar and in 1805 was appointed Field-Marshall to the Forces. He is credited with having several mistresses spread around the world and fathering a number of illegitimate children. He died of pneumonia in 1820 - aged only 52 - and only six days before his father's death. As he had predeceased his father and his three elder brothers (none of whom had any surviving legitimate children) his daughter Victoria succeeded to the Throne on the death of her uncle King William IV in 1837.

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.