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Intercolonial Exhibition Medal
Melbourne,: 1866-, 1867.. Large copper medal, 220 mm. diameter, impressed "C. Summers Sculp." And "W. Calvert fecit"; medal in fine original condition, housed in original printed mount laid down on timber, 444 x 360 mm., the mount worn, with some restoration. A fine example of the elegant neo-classical work of Charles Summers, Australia's leading sculptor of the nineteenth century. Summers won many official commissions, including the supervision of the stone carvings for the Victorian Parliament House, the execution of the Burke and Wills memorial, the biggest bronze casting ever undertaken in Australia, and the design of this medal for the Intercolonial Exhibition.The maker of the medal was William Calvert, a Melbourne-based engraver, lithographer and draughtsman. Coincidentally his brother, Samuel Calvert, was a silver medallist himself at the Intercolonial Exhibition. This particular copper example of the medal was awarded to John Jones of Sheepshead, Victoria, probably a local blacksmith, for 'driving three picks' (Official Catalogue of the Intercolonial Exhibition 1866-7, no. 37, p. 48).
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