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Flat round or oval relief bigger than a medal made in any material including wood, marble, terracotta and bronze. Medallions are sometimes incorporated into larger sculptures such as tomb monuments. Portrait images typically decorate the front, whereas the back, if ornamented, usually displays an emblem, symbolic motif, narrative scene, and/or inscription that refers to the life or personality of the person on the front.

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Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
by Jean Cavalier
circa 1690
NPG 1740

Sir Christopher Wren
by David Le Marchand
circa 1720
NPG 4500

Thomas Bentley
after Joachim Smith
based on a work of circa 1773
NPG 1949

Benjamin Franklin
by Jean Baptiste Nini
NPG 722

Edmund Burke
by Thomas R. Poole
NPG 1607

William Thomas Brande
attributed to Jean Baptiste Troye
circa 1820
NPG 4819

Amelia Opie
by Pierre-Jean David D'Angers, cast by Louis Richard
NPG 1081

James Meadows Rendel
by Richard Cockle Lucas
NPG 5902

H.G. Wells
by Theodore Spicer-Simson
circa 1922
NPG 2055

Derek Jarman
by Ian Rank-Broadley
NPG 6147

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