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George Inness Gold Medal

Artist:
Jonathan Scott Hartley (American, Albany, New York 1845–1912 New York)
Date:
1900
Medium:
Gold
Dimensions:
Diam. 2 5/16 in. (5.9 cm)
Classification:
Sculpture
Credit Line:
Gift of Richard G. Coker, 1980
Accession Number:
1980.514
Not on view
After training in London, Berlin, and Paris, Hartley ascended from the ranks of marble cutter to become a distinguished sculptor of portraits. He received particular notice for his portrait bust of his father-in-law, the esteemed American artist George Inness. In 1900, Hartley modeled the "George Inness Gold Medal," an award that honored excellence in landscape painting at the National Academy of Design’s annual exhibition from 1901 to 1918. The obverse features a portrait of Inness; the reverse bears an inscription designating the award to its recipient. In 1905, the year this medal was distributed, the winner was Edward Gay, whose landscape "Broad Acres" (87.1.8) is in the Metropolitan’s collection.
Signature: (on obverse) HARTLEY/ 1900

Inscription: (on obverse) GEORGE INNESS.LANDSCAPE PAINTER. MDCCCXXC MDCCXIV, (on reverse) IN MEMORY OF / GEORGE INNESS / GIVEN BY HIS SON. / AWARDED BY / THE NATIONAL ACADEMY / OF DESIGN / TO / EDWARD GAY / 1905

Marking: (on edge) TIFFANY & CO
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