Historical and Commemorative
Collection of Benjamin Weiss
GREAT EXHIBITION PRIZE MEDAL
WYON, William & Leonard Charles: England, 1851,
Bronze, 76 mm
This is the Prize medal of the Great Exhibition held in Hyde Park in 1851. It was awarded for excellence of production. The recipient's name is inscribed on the edge in capital letters. The exhibition was originally conceived as one of a series of triennial exhibitions of the works of British Industry under the auspices of the Royal Society of Arts. It was initiated by Henry Cole, who saw the need to impress upon British manufactures the threat posed by foreign competition following the success of the Paris Exposition in 1849.
LINK to Great Exhibition of 1851 (from spencer.lib.ku.edu)