Queen Victoria, Jubilee
Queen Victoria, Jubilee

Queen Victoria, Jubilee

1887 England

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£495 gbp
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Queen Victoria, Jubilee, bronze medal, 1887, Sir Alfred Gilbert, crowned draped bust of queen Victoria right, rev. a wreath, 48 mm. Extremely fine and very rare, one of the very few medals produced by Sir Alfred Gilbert.

Although not identical this is essentially the same portrait as that Gilbert engraved for the Golden Jubilee of both Queen Victoria and the Art Union of London.

Sir Alfred Gilbert (1854-1934), sculptor and goldsmith. He trained under J.E. Boehm and studied in France and Italy. His sculpture "Icarus", an early commission from Lord Leighton, brought him much recognition and was exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1884. Gilbert's best known works include the Shaftesbury Memorial Fountain in Piccadilly Circus, depicting "Anteros", one of the first statues to be cast in aluminium; the 1888 statue of Queen Victoria in Winchester and the Queen Alexandra Memorial at Marlborough Gate. His use of decoration in all he produced is paramount and his work as a goldsmith was extremely intricate. He produced a number of smaller objects including seals, keys and medals and some of the more well-known examples include the mayoral chain for Preston and the figurines of Victory, St. Michael and St. George. Gilbert was a perfectionist and any work he was not satisfied with he destroyed. He became an associate of the Royal Academy in 1887, a full member in 1892 and Professor of Sculpture in 1900. In 1889 he won the Grand Prix at the Paris International Exhibition and was created a member of the Victorian order in 1897. This medal is considered to be significant as it features all the characteristics of the New Sculpture Movement and signalled a new direction for medal production.
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