100745 | GREAT BRITAIN. John Gibson bronze Medal.
100745 | GREAT BRITAIN. John Gibson bronze Medal. Issued 1874. Art Union of London series: Hunter and Dog (55mm, 93.04 g, 12h). By J. S. Wyon.
JOHN GIBSON R A / 1789 – 1866, bare head left / Hunter and Dog: statue of Grecian male right, nude, restraining dog by its collar; in two lines in exergue, ART UNION OF / LONDON 1874. Edge: Plain.
BHM 2982; Eimer 1636. Choice Mint State. Deep brown surfaces, with some underlying luster and pleasing glossy nature; a few light contact marks near the central field on the reverse are noted, along with some minor rim bruising near the bottom of the reverse.
A Welsh neoclassical sculptor, John Gibson studied in Rome under Antonio Canova at the rather late age of 27. He quickly attained an ability to incorporate the mundane scenes of everyday life into mythological and historical representations in his sculpture, such as Amazon Thrown from her Horse, Nymph and Cupid, and, the subject of this medal and one of his most famous works, Hunter and Dog.