- Museum number
Bronze medal. (whole)
The Devil leading Sir Robert Walpole by a rope round his neck towards the mouth of the infernal beast. (reverse)
Full-length figure of the Duke of Argyle in the robes and collar of the Garter with the George; he stands three-quarters, right, and leans upon a column, on which is his coronet; behind him, a trophy of arms. (obverse)
- Production date
Diameter: 37.000 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- Medallic Illustrations 2, published in 1885, states:
Rare in silver (see registration no. M.8454).
This medal suggests that the Duke of Argyle was unwilling to be a "pentioner" of Sir Robert Walpole: he did not, however, resign his appointments, but was deprived of them by the King at the instigation of Walpole. The general outcry against Excise occurred in the year 1733, when Sir Robert Walpole introduced his celebrated Excise Bill. It was again revived, and this and other circumstances increased the unpopularity of the Minister and drove him from his post.
See Cochran-Patrick, R. W., ‘Catalogue of the Medals of Scotland etc.’, Edinburgh, 1884, Pl. xix. 3.
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- The Bank of England loaned their Collection to the British Museum in 1865 wishing to make it accessible to the general public. This remained as a separate Collection until 1877 when the Bank Directors decided it would be more useful to the museum and the public if incorporated into the national collection. The Bank of England collection was therefore presented to the British Museum in 1877, any duplicates being sold to create a coins and medals purchase fund.
- Coins and Medals
- Registration number
- C&M catalogue number
MB2 (Medallic Illustrations 2) (561) (190)