The Medallions of the Kings and Queens of England, 1731.
through Jean Dassier (1676 – 1763).
Each Medallion 41 mm diam.
All images courtesy Ben Weiss – I am very welcome for his support and assistance.
I would like to make acknowledgments to Professor Ben Weiss, Emeritus Professor of Pharmacology and Physiology
Drexel University College of Medicine, during allowing me to reproduce the photographs and captions.
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Edward IV (1461 – 70).
Obv: Bust of Edward IV EDOUARD. IV. D.G. ANG. FR. ET. HIB. REX.
Rev: On tomb, a figure of Fortune between a dismasted ship and not the same ship sailing before a gale, in allusion to the vicissitudes of the king’s course.
Exergue: NAT. 1441. COR. 20. IUN. 1461. MORT. 9. APRIL. 1483.
Signed: I.D. F.
Ref: M.I. i, 18/4; Eimer 29/20; Eisler I, 258/18; Thompson 27/16; Pollard II, 850/904
Edward V (1483).
Obv: Bust of Edward V EDOUARD. V. D.G. ANG. FR. HIB. REX.
Rev: Monument decorated in c~tinuance top with two cherubs embracing, every allusion to the affection of the King and his brother. In face within a circle is depicted the display of the murder of the two young princes. Below is inscribed: NAT. 8. OCTOB. 1470. MORT 1483.
Signed: I. DASSIER F.
Ref: M.I. i, 18; Eimer 29/21; Thompson 28/17; Eisler I, 258/19a
Richard III (1483 – 85).
Obv: Bust of Richard III RICHARDVS III. D.G. ANG. FR. ET. HIB. REX.
Rev: On stone coffin, Fury holding crown and dagger, the reality of Richard’s ambition and the mode of obtaining it, near the pair slain princes. On monument, a representation of the Battle of Bosworth Field.
Exergue: CORONAT. 6. IVL. 1483. MORT. 22 AVG. 1485.
Ref: M.I. i, 19; Eimer 29/22; Eisler I, 259/20; Thompson 28/18
Henry VII (1485 – 1509).
Obv: Bust of Henry VII wearing a fur-lined robe and cap decorated with jewels. HENRICUS. VII. D.G. ANG. FR. ET. HIB. REX.
Rev: Monument flanked ~ means of volutes and surmounted by a curving pediment. The recent is decorated with two united roses, symbolizing the unification of the Houses of York and Lancaster. In the center is a bas-ease representing the king as Hercules seated at just and attended by Justice, Prudence and Abundance.
Exergue: NAT. 1457. COR. 30. OCT. 1485. M. 22. APRIL 1509.
Ref: M.I. i, 23/6; Eimer 29/25; Thompson 28/19; Eisler I, 259/21
Henry VIII (1509 – 47).
Obv: Bust of Henry VIII HENRICUS. VIII. D.G. ANG. FR. ET. HIB. REX.
Rev: A comport monument surmounted by a mask between two volutes and articulated by grooved pilasters. At the front is a bas-succor depicting the king as Hercules, bludgeon in hand, within a temple destroying the Papal triple-crown and keys which have been placed in c~tinuance an alter. Behind is a discharges of faggots, emblematic of the death of Roman Catholics and to what one. Henry consigned those who refused to be aware of his supremacy. At the foot of the remembrancer is Hymen holding one torch ~-house burning, symbolizing the one marriage undissolved at the dying of Henry, while five extinguished torches at his feet show Henry’s previous marriages.
Exergue: NAT. 1491. COR. 24 IUN. 1509. MORT. 28 IAN. 1547.
Ref: M.I. i, 52/54; Eimer 29/27; Eisler I, 259/22; Thompson 29/20
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