Commemorative, Historical and Art Medals (6 December 2012)

Date of Auction: 6th December 2012

Sold for £110

Estimate: £90 - £120

Architecture and Building, Institute of British Architects, Honorary Medal, 1834, a silver award by B. Wyon, façade of the temple of Theseus, rev. legend in wreath, named (To William H. Bidlake, BA, for Measured Drawings of St Mary’s Church, Leicester, 1883), 57mm (E 1280; Taylor 24a); Liverpool Architectural Society, a silver award medal by H. Sumners, named (George Hornblower, for Best Sketch Book, 1882), 60mm [2]. First brightly cleaned and with rim nicks, second with edge bruise, otherwise both extremely fine; second with case [this damaged] £90-120


William Henry Bidlake (1861-1938), a leading figure in the Arts and Crafts movement in Birmingham; b. Wolverhampton; educ. Tettenhall College and Christ’s College, Cambridge; RA Schools, 1882; RIBA Pugin Travelling Fellow, 1885; set up in independent practice, Birmingham, 1887; pioneered the teaching of architecture at Birmingham School of Art, 1893 and director of the School of Architecture, 1919-24