100744 | GREAT BRITAIN. Edward Hodges Baily bronze Medal.
100744 | GREAT BRITAIN. Edward Hodges Baily bronze Medal. Issued 1882. Art Union of London series: Eve at the Fountain (55mm, 81.78 g, 12h). By A. B. Wyon.
E H BAILY R A 1788 – 1867, bare head left / Eve at the Fountain: statue of Eve, nude, covering herself and reclining at a fountain; in two lines in exergue, 1882 / ART–UNION OF LONDON. Edge: Plain.
BHM 3115; Eimer 1691. Gem Mint State. Deep chocolate brown surfaces, with underlying luster and a pleasing glossy nature; a few light contact marks near the central field on the reverse are noted merely for completeness.
Though spending his early teen years in a mercantile house, Edward Hodges Baily always felt an affinity for the arts, initially executing portraits in wax. He earned the Royal Academy gold medal in 1811 at the age of 23 for his work Hercules restoring Alcestis to Admetus, and was elected to the Royal Academy in 1821 following his exhibition of the piece honored on this medal, Eve at the Fountain.
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