British Medals from the Collection of James Spencer

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Date of Auction: 13th May 2015

Sold for £120

Estimate: £100 - £150

Winchester College, King’s Medal, 1830, a silver award by S. Clint, bust of William IV right, rev. tomb of William of Wykeham, edge impressed (Franciscus Cranmer Penrose, Scholaris), 49mm (BHM 1560; E 1240; D & W 279/567). Several surface marks, otherwise about very fine £100-150


Francis Cranmer Penrose (1817-1903), FRIBA, architect; b. Bracebridge, Lincs; educ. Bedford School (1825-9), Winchester (1829-35) and Magdalene College, Cambridge; rowed for Cambridge in the Boat Races, 1840, 1841 and 1842 (Cambridge being victorious in 1840 and 1841); surveyor of St Paul’s Cathedral, 1852, and designer of the Wellington tomb in the Crypt; designer of, and director of, the British School at Athens, 1886-7 and 1890-1; president of the Royal Institute of British Architects, 1894-6