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David Roberts, 1796 - 1864. Artist (Laudatory medal commissioned by the Art Union of London)
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David Roberts, 1796 - 1864. Artist (Laudatory medal commissioned by the Art Union of London) Dated 1875
  • Scottish Art
This medal was commissioned by The Art Union of London in 1865 and was posthumously awarded to David Roberts in 1875. On one side it shows a portrait of Roberts in profile. The other displays the scene from his lithograph, ‘The Letter Writer, Cairo’. The medal is part of a series commissioned to promote public interest in the arts. In total thirty medals were issued. Roberts was an artist whose work was inspired by his travels in Europe and the Middle East. Many of his sketches and watercolours were made into lithographs, which were extremely popular at the time.

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Commission

When an individual or organisation employs an artist to execute a particular project, the process and the resulting work are termed a ‘commission’.

Lithograph

A printmaking technique using a stone or zinc plate to which the image is applied with a greasy material. After wetting the plate, greasy ink is applied. The ink sticks only to the drawn image and not the wet surface, thus creating a reproduction when applied to paper.

Posthumous

After someone's death.

Watercolour

A paint with colouring and binding agents diluted with water. It has a transparent quality and is usually applied to paper.

Commission, Lithograph, Posthumous, Watercolour

Details

  • Acc. No. PG 599
  • Medium Bronze
  • Size Diameter: 5.40 cm
  • Credit Purchased 1902