Memory of Gustavus III, King of Sweden

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Acquired in 1907 (the spelunker thinks)

artist
Boulton, Matthew
attributions_note
bibliography
List of Works of Art Acquired by the Victoria and Albert Museum in the Years 1905 - 1908. In: List of Works of Art Acquired by the Victoria and Albert Museum, During the Year 1907, Arranged According to the Dates of Acquisition with Appendix and Indices. London: Printed for His Majesty's Stationery Office, by Eyre and Spottiswoode, Limited, 1909, p. 34
collection_code
SCP
credit
date_end
1793-12-31
date_start
1793-01-01
date_text
1793 (made)
descriptive_line
Memorial medal, bronze, for Gustavus III, King of Sweden (1771-1792), by Konrad Heinrich Küchler, Birmingham, England, 1793
dimensions
Height: 0.3 cm, Diameter: 5.6 cm
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event_text
exhibition_history
gallery
British Galleries, room 118e
historical_context_note
historical_significance
history_note
Manufactured by Matthew Boulton (born in Birmingham, 1728, died there in 1809) at the Soho Mint, Birmingham; designed by Conrad Heinrich Küchler (active 1763-1821). Given by Mrs Glinn.
id
7127
label
British Galleries: Boulton's manufactory produced not only coins but also a series of medals. Some of the best were designed by the Swiss medallist Jean Pierre Droz (1746-1832) and the Dutch medallist Conrad Heinrich Küchler. One medal was made to commemorate Gustavus III, King of Sweden, who was assassinated in 1792. Two others marked Admiral Lord Nelson's great victories at The Battle of the Nile in 1795 and at Trafalgar in 1805. Boulton himself presented a cheaper version to everyone who had taken part in the battles. [27/03/2003]
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2014-08-29T19:41:59.000Z
last_processed
2014-08-29T19:41:59.000Z
latitude
52.478588
location
British Galleries, room 118e, case 2
longitude
-1.9086
marks
With memorial inscription for Gustavus III, King of Sweden (1746-1792) 'GUSTAVUS. III. D : G. REX SVECIAE' 'TAM MARTE QUAM MERCURIO' 'HEU MALE PEREMPTUS' 'NATUS D.XXIIII JAN. MDCCXXXXVI. SUCC. D. XII. FEB. MDCCLXXI. TRUCID: D. XVI MART. MDCCXCII. OB. D. XXIX SUP. MENS. ET AN'
materials
bronze
materials_techniques
Bronze
museum_number
205-1907
museum_number_token
2051907
object_number
O77470
object_type
Memorial medal
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1
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original_price
physical_description
The obverse shows the bust in profile to the right of the King, wearing armour and a fur-lined mantle, with the abbreviated Latin inscription which can be translated as 'Gustaf III by the Grace of God King of Sweden'. The reverse shows a rectangular sarcophagus surmounted by a crowned vase on which rays from a constellation descend. On the right is the figure of Fame, and behind her symbols of Peace. On the left a naked boy points to the scene of Gustaf's assassination depicted on the front of the sarcophagus.
place
Birmingham
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2006AM6065
production_note
Manufactured by Matthew Boulton at the Soho Mint, Birmingham
production_type
public_access_description
Object type This medal was struck in memory of Gustaf III, King of Sweden (born 1746; reigned 1771-1792). The obverse shows the bust in profile to the right of the King, wearing armour and a fur-lined mantle, with the abbreviated Latin inscription which can be translated as 'Gustaf III by the Grace of God King of Sweden'. The reverse shows a rectangular sarcophagus surmounted by a crowned vase on which rays from a constellation descend. On the right is the figure of Fame, and behind her symbols of Peace. On the left a naked boy points to the scene of Gustaf's assassination depicted on the front of the sarcophagus. People Gustaf III was a dominant, indeed autocratic, ruler, whose political actions became increasingly unpopular among the Swedish nobility. A conspiracy to murder him was hatched by a group of aristocrats in 1792. At a fancy dress ball held at the Royal Opera in Stockholm on 16 March 1792, J.J. Anckarström shot the King in the back. The wound was fatal, and Gustaf died on 29 March. People Conrad Heinrich Küchler (active 1763-1821) worked for Matthew Boulton (1728-1807), the Birmingham industrialist and entrepreneur. Küchler was Belgian by birth, but settled in Britain in about 1790, and worked for Boulton at the Soho Mint until about 1806.
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3
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VA
slug
memory-of-gustavus-iii-king-memorial-medal-boulton-matthew
sys_updated
2014-08-21T00:00:00.000Z
techniques
title
Memory of Gustavus III, King of Sweden
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vanda_exhibition_history
year_end
1793
year_start
1793