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Francis Bedford (1815-94)

Works of Art Exhibited at Marlborough House, 1854: Medallions by Flaxman 1854

Albumen print | 13.5 x 18.3 cm (image) | RCIN 2800205

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Photograph showing eight circular and oval medallions of white jasperware with black dip. Each medallion is decorated with applied white bas-relief depicting classical figures. For instance, the larger medallion, at the centre of the photograph, depicts a naked young Bacchus with his attributes of a wreath of vine-leaves and grapes on his head. He holds a thyrsus (a wand tipped with a pine cone) and is being raised aloft in a sitting position by two wingless cherubs who stand on either side of him.

Jasperware was developed by Josiah Wedgewood (1730-95) and refers to a type of matte, unglazed stoneware. 
  • Creator(s)

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    Francis Bedford (1815-94) (photographer)

    John Flaxman (1755-1826)
  • 13.5 x 18.3 cm (image)

  • 'Medallions by Flaxman'

  • Commissioned by Henry Cole. Later acquired by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • photographs
    • Places
      • Europe
        • Great Britain
          • England
            • Greater London [England]
              • London [Greater London]
                • City of Westminster
                  • Marlborough House [London]
    • Arts, Recreation, Entertainment & Sport
      • Plastic arts
        • Numismatics
          • Medallions
    • Religion & Theology
      • Religions and faiths
        • Religions of antiquity
          • Classical mythology
            • Cupid
    • Science, Medicine and Technology
      • Engineering & Technology
        • Vehicles
          • Simple transport
            • Carriages
              • Chariots
      • Agriculture and related techniques
        • Animal husbandry
          • Horses