SHAKESPEARE, WILLIAM (1564-1616)
COLLECTION OF FORTY-TWO MEDALLIC PORTRAITS OF SHAKESPEARE and three related items, comprising much of the recorded English medallic series with additional English and some Continental pieces mostly bearing portraits of Shakespeare, in a variety of metals (gold (1), silver, bronze, copper and white metal), ranging from the Dassier medal of c. 1750, and the Jubilee Medal of 1769, a number of medals commemorating the tercentenary of Shakespeare's birth, to the M. de Bus bronze medal of 1976, various sizes, c.1750-1976
The collection, which makes a fine cabinet display, and is interesting for the changing medallic interpretations of the Bard over two and a half centuries, includes medals by Dassier, Allen and Moore, J.J. Barre, Young and Taylor, Esser, Johannes Henker, F. Bowcher, Knobloch, Westwood and Steward, J Ottley, Wyon, T.W. Ingram, T.A. Vaughton, F. Fraser, S. Walko, Albert Holl, H. Brown, C.H. Kuchler, P. Vincze, K. Renner, N. Costantini, and G. Dowler.
REFERENCES: Laurence Brown, British Historical Medals, 1760-1960, include 136, 553, 928, 1247, 2057, 2161, 2297, 2811, 2812, 2815, 3032; plus others unfound in Brown or later than 1860.