© National Portrait Gallery, London
by Jacques Antoine Dassier Click on the links below to find out more
bronze medal, 1741
2 1/8 in. (54 mm) diameter
Given by Jacob Simon, 1993
- Alexander Pope (1688-1744), Poet. Sitter associated with 44 portraits.
The Swiss medallist came to London in 1740 to strike a series of medals of famous men. Among the first to be produced were the medals of Pope and Folkes which the engraver George Vertue noted as 'done from the life and ... free and boldly cut'.
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Art and science
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