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Richard Yeo (circa 1720-died 1779), Medallist
Sitter in 5 portraits
Yeo came to prominence in 1746, when he produced the official medal for the battle of Culloden. In 1749, he was appointed assistant engraver to the Royal Mint, and in 1775 he succeeded John Sigismund Tanner as Chief Engraver. He retained this office until his death. He was a member of the Incorporated Society of Artists, and was one of the foundation members of the Royal Academy, to whose first two exhibitions he was a contributor, sending in 1770 a proof impression of his five-guinea piece. In the 1760s and 1770s, Yeo made the dies for a number of coins of George III.