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DUPRÉ, Augustin

Saint-Etienne, Loire 1748 - Armentières-en-Brie, Seine-et-Marne 1833

John Paul Jones (1747-1792)

John Paul Jones (1747-1792)

1787

gold

medal and plaquette

Dimensions (HxWxD): diam. 2 14 in.

obverse:
JOANNI PAVLO JONES / CLASSIS PRAEFECTO. / COMITIA AMERICANA.
signed on bottom of bust: DUPRE. F.
reverse:
HOSTIVM NAVIBVS CAPTIS AVT FVGATIS. / AD ORAM SCOTIAE XXIII. SEPT. / M.DCCLXXVIIII. / DUPRE. F.
stamped on edge: OR [gold]

Acc. No.: 1920.010.03

Credit Line: Gift of Edward Tuck

Photo credit: ph. courtesy New Hampshire Historical Society

© Artist:


Provenance

  • 1787, The assembled Congress sitting in New York, 16 October 1787, voted unanimously to award John Paul Jones a gold medal. He was the only naval officer of our Continental Navy to be so honored. Thomas Jefferson, our minister to Paris, was instructed by Congress to arrange for appropriate design and devices of the medal, to select the medalist and when the medal had been struck to send the two steel dies to the Congress. At this time the art of the medalist was at its prime and the French artists were the most skillful. Jefferson selected Augustin Dupre, the medalist to the King of France
  • Collected by Edward Tuck (1842-1938)when he was living in Paris
  • 1920, Gift of Edward Tuck

Bibliography

  • Museum's website (accessed May 28, 2019)