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102618 | GREAT BRITAIN. International Exhibition bronze Award Medal.

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    102618  |  GREAT BRITAIN. International Exhibition bronze Award Medal. Engraved and awarded to John Frederick Bateman, fellow of the Royal Society, in 1862 for the exhibition in South Kensington, London (76mm, 217.63 g, 12h). By L. C. Wyon (after D. Maclise) for Pinches.


    Britannia seated left, receiving female personifications of Industry, Science, and Agriculture, along with their attributes; to right, three muses personifying the Arts; below in foreground, lion crouching left, clutching trident in forepaws // 1862 / LONDINI / HONORIS / CAUSA in four lines within garlanded oak wreath. Edge: J. F. BATEMAN, F. R. S., JUROR. CLASS VIII.


    BHM 2747; Eimer 1553. Gem Mint State. Rich, glossy brown surfaces, with brilliance in the fields and great relief. Includes original box of issue, though somewhat distressed.


    The Great London Exposition was held in the South Kensington area of London from 1 May–1 November 1862, and featured exhibitors from 36 countries covering areas of industry, technology, and the arts. Queen Victoria, still in mourning for the loss of her husband the previous December, was not in attendance for the opening of the event which would see over six million attendants throughout its six months. Works of note on display were a refrigerator capable of producing ice, the Bessemer process for the manufacture of steel, and Charles Babbage's analytical engine–an early form of a computer.


    One of the most consequential civil engineers of his era, John Frederick Bateman was responsible for much of the modern water supply in the United Kingdom, becoming known as the "greatest dam-builder of his generation." Outside of his native UK, he also designed and constructed water supply systems in Buenos Aires, Naples, Constantinople, and Colombo.


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