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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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R. L. Charles

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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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W. W. Wroth

revised by Christopher Marsden

Moore, Joseph (1817–1892), medallist and die-sinker, was born at Eastbourne, Sussex, on 17 February 1817, the son of Edwin Moore, a builder of hothouses, who temporarily left his business during the Peninsular War (1807–14) and in a fit of enthusiasm joined the 10th hussars...

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Mossop [formerly Browne], William (1751–1805), medallist, was born in Mary's parish, Dublin. His father was one Browne, a Roman Catholic, but his mother remarried a relative of the actor Henry Mossop and changed William's name to Mossop. This allowed him to enter the ...

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W. W. Wroth

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Mossop, William Stephen (1788–1827), medallist, was born in Dublin in 1788, and baptized there on 22 May at St John's Church, the son of William Mossop (1751–1805), medallist, and Letitia Parker. He was educated at Samuel Whyte's academy, Grafton Street, Dublin, and in 1802 entered the art schools of the ...

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Pistrucci, Benedetto (1783–1855), cameo cutter and medallist, was born on 24 May 1783 in Rome, the second son of the three children of Federico Pistrucci and his wife, Antonia Greco. Both parents were Roman, Antonia the daughter of a wealthy merchant and Federico...

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Benedetto Pistrucci (1783–1855) self-portrait, 1835 Roma (Italy)—Museo della Zecca

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Roettier [Roettiers] family (per. c. 1620–1784), die-engravers and medallists, came to prominence with Philip Roettiers (1596–1669). He was born in Antwerp on 20 December 1596, was a goldsmith by training and a medallist by speciality; indeed, he was the founder of a dynasty of engravers and medallists who for two centuries graced their art and were of service in various capacities to the kings of ...

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Saulles, George William de (1862–1903), medallist, was born on 4 February 1862 at Villa Street, Aston Manor, Birmingham, and baptized there on 13 April 1863 at St Philip's Church, the son of William Henry de Saulles, glass merchant, and his wife, Elizabeth Anne...

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revised by Deborah Graham-Vernon

Simon, Abraham (bap. 1617, d. c. 1692), medallist, was baptized on 27 April 1617 at the French protestant church in Threadneedle Street, London. He was the third son of Peter (or Pierre) Simon, a merchant, and his wife, Anne (b. c.1588)...

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Simon, Thomas (bap. 1618, d. 1665), medallist and seal-engraver, was baptized on 26 April 1618 at the French protestant church in Threadneedle Street, London. He was the fourth son of Peter (or Pierre) Simon, a merchant, a native of London but of French descent, and his wife, ...

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Tassie, James (1735–1799), modeller and portrait medallionist, was born on 15 July 1735 in Pollokshaws, a village in the parish of Eastwood, near Glasgow, into which city the parish had been absorbed by the end of the nineteenth century. He was the fourth child and eldest son of ...

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Thomas, Cecil Walter (1885–1976), sculptor and medallist, was born in London on 3 March 1885 at 24 Hedley Road, Shepherd's Bush, the son of John Thomas, a seal engraver, and his wife, Alice Sophia, née Ings. He was apprenticed to his father, and then studied at the ...

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Leonard Charles Wyon (1826–1891) by Wilhelm Kullrich, 1851 © Copyright The British Museum

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Wyon, Leonard Charles (1826–1891), die-engraver and medallist, was born on 23 November 1826 at the Royal Mint, London, the second of the five children of William Wyon (1795–1851), a member of the famous Wyon family of die engravers and medallists, and his wife, ...

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William Wyon (1795–1851) by Leonard Charles Wyon, 1854 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Wyon, William (1795–1851), die-engraver and medallist, was born in Birmingham and baptized at St Philip's in the city on 23 June 1795, the eldest son of Peter Wyon (1767–1822), a member of the famous Wyon family of die engravers and medallists, and his wife, ...