- Museum number
Bronze medal. (whole)
Bust of Archbishop William Wake, right, hair long, in episcopal robes. (obverse)
- Production date
Diameter: 42.000 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- Medallic Illustrations 2, published in 1885, states:
The medals to which Dassier refers, and which by the above he dedicates to Archbishop Wake, are those generally known as the series of Reformers. They are of a smaller size than the dedication medal.
William Wake, born in 1667, was educated at Oxford, became successively Canon of Christ Church, Oxford, Rector of St. James's Westminster, Dean of Exeter, Bishop of Lincoln, and in 1716 Archbishop of Canterbury. He was the author of several theological works and of many volumes of sermons and charges. Vertue (Add. MSS. Brit. Mus. 23,076, p. 33) says "that this medal was done abroad from the print mezzotint by White, after Gibson's painting. In this the graver has outdone other works of his doing, though with the difficulty of making a profile from a front face."
See Snelling, Thomas, ‘Thirty-nine Plates of English Medals’, London, 1766, xxvi. 6; Gaetani, Pier Antonio, Count., ‘Museum Mazzuchellianum seu Numismata Virorum doctrina præstantium, &c.’ II. Pl. clxiii. 3.
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Coins and Medals
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- C&M catalogue number
MB2 (Medallic Illustrations 2) (462) (73)