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This Above All to Thine Own Self Be True

1954 Abram Belskie Born: London, England 1907 Died: 1988 Medallic Art Company (Founder) Society of Medallic Arts (Commissioner) bronze 2 7/8 in. (7.3 cm) diam. Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of the heirs of Albert Laessle: Mrs. Albertine de Bempt Laessle, Mr. Albert M. Laessle and Mr. Paul Laessle 1972.167.45 Not currently on view

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The mythological figures on the obverse and sculpting and drafting tools on the reverse signal the classical traditions that lie behind American medallic art. The purpose of Abram Belskie’s medal is not known, but the title, a line from Shakespeare’s Hamlet, suggests that this medal was commissioned to honor artistic achievement and to encourage artists to follow their own creative impulses.


Animal - horse

Figure female - nude

Figure - fragment - hand

Object - tool

sculpture - medal

metal - bronze


About Abram Belskie

Born: London, England 1907 Died: 1988

About Medallic Art Company

About Society of Medallic Arts