Design for a Medal Commemorating the Treaty of Paris, 1814

Jacques Edouard Gatteaux French

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This is one of the few surviving drawings by Gatteaux, an engraver of medals trained by the Neoclassical sculptor Jean Guillaume Moitte, whose works are also on view in this gallery. Gatteaux’s delicate use of line and wash also recalls the technique of his lifelong friend Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres. This design commemorates the Treaty of Paris of 1814, signed by France’s King Louis XVIII and other European leaders following the abdication and exile of Napoleon. The medal—roughly one-third the size of the drawing—was minted in 1817 and maintains the same orientation as this presentation drawing, representing, from left to right, Alexander I of Russia, Frederick William III of Prussia, Louis XVIII of France, George III of England, and Francis I of Austria.

Design for a Medal Commemorating the Treaty of Paris, 1814, Jacques Edouard Gatteaux (French, Paris 1788–1881 Paris), Pen and brown ink, brush and brown wash

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