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Portrait medallion, jasperware (stoneware), deep blue dip, circular, intended as a box top, with applied moulded white jasper ware bust in relief in profile to right of Jean-Sylvain Bailly, with applied moulded white jasper relief border of palmettes and bell-flowers and polished edge.
- Production date
Diameter: 60 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- Bindman 1989
Bailly, author of ‘Histoire de l’Astronomie’, 1775-87, shared with Fontenelle the honour of belonging to the Académie des Sciences, the Académie Française and the Académie des Inscriptions. He was Mayor of Paris and President of the National Assembly during the Revolution but after allowing the National Guard to fire on the mob left Paris. He was arrested and guillotined in Paris in November 1793. The portrait is after a medal by Duvivier of 1789 (‘Trésor de Numismatique Française: Médailles de la Révolution Française’, Paris, 1836, pl. ix, 2). Like the Duvivier medal of Necker, it was offered to the National Assembly in August and October 1789. The Wedgwood version was on sale by 23 December 1791 at twelve shillings.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2005 Jul 07-Nov 13, London, National Maritime Museum, 'Nelson and Napoleon'
1990 6 Jun-9 Sep, France, Vizille, Musée de la Révolution Française, 'The French Revolution : La Version Anglaise'
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- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
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