- Extended catalogue entry
Mid-Georgian Portraits Catalogue
by Thomas Halliday
2 in. (51 mm) diameter
Inscriptionback to top
Obverse inscribed: JOSEPH PRIESTLEY. LLD.F.R.S.:AC.IMP.PETROP.R.PARIS.HOLM. TAURIN.ITAL. HARLEM.AUREL.MID.PARIS.CANTAB.AMERIC.ET PHILAD.SOCIUS.1 and on the truncation: HALLIDAY F.
Reverse inscribed with the text of a tablet composed by Dr Samuel Parr for the New Meeting House at Birmingham: THIS TABLET IS CONSECRATED TO THE MEMORY OF THE REV.JOSEPH PRIESTLEY ... UNITARIAN CHAPEL/BIRMINGHAM2
1 Elliptically referring to his membership of the Academies in St Petersburg, Paris, Stockholm, Turin, Haarlem, Orleans, Cambridge and Philadelphia.
2 Quoted in full by H. C. Bolton, ‘The Likenesses of Priestley in oil, ink, marble and metal’, in Scientific Correspondence of Joseph Priestley, 1892, p 189.
This portraitback to top
Another bronze example is in the NPG reference collection (D7056). The medal was restruck in 1904 to mark the centenary of Priestley’s death. Halliday, a Birmingham resident and a friend of Priestley, also made a small bust (copy in Dr Williams’s Library) of which several plaster copies were made. 
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Referenceback to top
H. C. Bolton, ‘The Likenesses of Priestley in oil, ink, marble and metal’, in Scientific Correspondence of Joseph Priestley, 1892, p 191.
L. Brown, A Catalogue of British Historical Medals 1760-1960: The Accession of George III to the Death of William IV, 1980, no.563.
Provenanceback to top
Presented by James Yates (see NPG 175) 1864.
This extended catalogue entry is from the out-of-print National Portrait Gallery collection catalogue: John Ingamells, National Portrait Gallery: Mid-Georgian Portraits 1760-1790, National Portrait Gallery, 2004, and is as published then. For the most up-to-date details on individual Collection works, we recommend reading the information provided in the Search the Collection results on this website in parallel with this text.
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