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W. W. Wroth

revised by Stuart Handley

Bower [Bowers], George (d. 1690), medallist, was active from 1660 in London. His first recorded medals commemorated the restoration of Charles II, and were followed by several on the royal marriage in 1662 between Charles and Catherine of Braganza. In 1664 he was appointed embosser-in-ordinary, which provided much work in the ...

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Briot, Nicholas (1579–1646), coin- and seal-engraver and medallist, was born at Damblein in Bassigny, duchy of Bar, France, the son of Didier Briot, merchant. Between 1606 and 1625 he was engraver-general at the Paris mint, where he experimented with machinery for striking coins, a subject which was to dominate his thinking for the rest of his life. Having set out his proposals in 1615 in a treatise entitled ...

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W. W. Wroth

revised by Amanda Girling-Budd

Clint, Scipio (1805–1839), medallist and sculptor, was one of the nine children of the portrait painter and engraver, George Clint ARA (1770–1854). He was awarded a gold medal at the Society of Arts in 1824 and 1826. On 20 August 1828 he married at ...

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Dassier, Jacques-Antoine [James Anthony] (1715–1759), medallist, was born on 15 November 1715 in the place de la Madeleine, Geneva, the son of the medallist John (Jean) Dassier (1676–1763). After early instruction from his father he went to Paris about 1732 for training under the goldsmith ...

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Dassier, John [Jean] (1676–1763), medallist, was born on 17 August 1676 in the place de la Madeleine, Geneva, the son of Domaine Dassier (d. 1720), a silversmith and engraver to the Geneva mint. After learning die-sinking from his father, Dassier travelled to ...

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R. L. Charles

revised by Fiona Pearson

John, Sir William Goscombe (1860–1952), sculptor and medallist, was born at 3 Union Street, Canton, near Cardiff, on 21 March 1860, the elder son of Thomas John (1834–1893) and his wife, Elizabeth, née Smith. As a young man he assumed the name Goscombe...

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Kirk, John (1724?–1778?), medallist, probably became a pupil of the medallist James Anthony Dassier about 1740. It is difficult to be certain of his life because of the profusion of medallists and engravers named John Kirk. From about 1740 until 1778 he produced a large number of medals signed ...

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Nathaniel Marchant (1738/99–1816) attrib. Hugh Douglas Hamilton, c. 1779–88 by courtesy of the Trustees of Sir John Soane's Museum

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Marchant, Nathaniel (1738/9–1816), gem-engraver and medallist, came from a family long-established in the village of Mayfield, Sussex. Details of his parentage and birth are obscure, although he was possibly the son of another Nathaniel Marchant (b. 1702), at one time an apprentice watchmaker. ...