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Sir John Evans

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Sir John Evans

by John Harvey Pinches
plated copper medal, 1887
2 1/4 in. (57 mm) diameter
Given by Margaret S.G. MacLeod (née Hands), 1974
Primary Collection
NPG 5006

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  • Sir John Evans (1823-1908), Archaeologist and numismatist. Sitter in 2 portraits.

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This medal was produced to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Numismatic Society of London, now the Royal Numismatic Society, whose president was Sir John Evans. Such was the respect that members of the Society had for their president that one leading fellow could write to tell him that it was felt that featuring his head on the medal would be 'more appropriate and more welcome to the members of the Society' than using that of the Queen, despite it being her jubilee year. The medal is inscribed in Latin on the reverse within a laurel wreath, 'SIC L SIC C ' (As at 50, so at 100). This example derives from the collection of the Rev. A.W. Hands, a Fellow of the Numismatic Society, and still retains its original case with the name of the medallist, John H. Pinches.

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Current affairs

Queen Victoria celebrates her Golden Jubilee, marking 50 years of her reign.
In what becomes known as 'Bloody Sunday', or the Trafalgar Square Riot, the police attack a meeting of the Social Democratic Federation, led by among others) Elizabeth Reynolds, John Burns, Annie Besant and Robert Cunninghame-Graham, killing three and injuring more than 200 crowd members.

Art and science

A Study in Scarlet, the first of Arthur Conan Doyle's detective mysteries featuring Sherlock Holmes and his assistant Dr Watson, is published. One of only four novels (there were a further 56 short stories) featuring Holmes, the mystery turns around the discovery of a corpse in Brixton.
The essayist and critic Walter Pater publishes Imaginary Portraits in which he consolidates his doctrine of Aestheticism, 'art for art's sake'.

International

Britain ratifies the Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works, thus accepting the terms of the International Copyright Act (1886), which abolishes the requirement to register foreign works and introduces an exclusive right to import or produce translations.
The British annex Zululand; it becomes part of Natal in 1897.

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