Historical and Commemorative Medals
Collection of Benjamin Weiss


DASSIER, Jacques-Antoine: England, 1744, Bronze, 55 mm
Obv: Bust of Pulteney    GUILIELMUS PULTENEY.
Rev: Oak wreath    COMES DE BATH. MDCCXLIV.
Signed:  A. DASSIER. F.
From Jacques-Antoine Dassier's London Series of medals depicting celebrated contemporary men.
Ref: M.I. 586/229; Eimer 85/585; Thompson 51/10;  Weiss BW036

William Pulteney (1684-1764), 1st Earl of Bath, entered parliament in the reign of Queen Anne.  Pulteney was Secretary of War from 1714 to 1717  in the first ministry of George I, and was on the committee of secrecy on the Treaty of Utrecht, formed in 1715. He was distinguished as the most able leader of the Opposition against Sir Robert Walpole.  In1742 Pulteney was created Earl of Bath by King George II.  He was buried, in his own vault in Islip chapel, Westminster Abbey.

LINK to Biography of William Pulteney (from Wikipedia)

LINK to portrait of William Pulteney by Godfrey Kneller (from National Portrait Gallery)