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Matthew Prior, by Charles Antoine Coysevox, based on a work of  1714 -NPG 6272 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Later Stuart Portraits Catalogue

Matthew Prior

after Charles Antoine Coysevox
based on a work of 1714
3 3/4 in. x 3 1/8 in. (95 mm x 80 mm) oval
NPG 6272

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This late-18th-century relief was probably derived from the wax in the Victoria and Albert Museum (A7-1931), [1] and based on the Coysevox bust of 1714. Similar Wedgwood medallions are in the Manchester City Art Galleries and formerly in Robin Reilly’s collection. [2]
The Wedgwood medallion head of John Gay is almost indistinguishable. [3]

Footnotesback to top

1) Exhibited Wedgwood, NPG, 1973, no.81, illus.
2) R. Reilly & G. Savage, Wedgwood, the Portrait Medallions, 1973, pp 284-85. See Wedgwood, NPG, 1973, no.81 as a ‘waxen biscuit medallion’.
3) R. Reilly & G. Savage, Wedgwood, the Portrait Medallions, 1973, p 160.

Referenceback to top

Reilly & Savage 1973
R. Reilly & G. Savage, Wedgwood, the Portrait Medallions, 1973, p 285.

Simon & Saywell (eds.) 2004
Complete Illustrated Catalogue, NPG, ed. J. Simon & D. Saywell, 2004, p 506.

Provenanceback to top

Alan Evans (c.1890-1974) who bequeathed it to the National Gallery 1974; lent to the National Portrait Gallery 1974 (L152/10) until permanently transferred 1994.

This extended catalogue entry is from the National Portrait Gallery collection catalogue: John Ingamells, National Portrait Gallery: Later Stuart Portraits 1685-1714, National Portrait Gallery, 2009, 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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