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Model for Hodgkins Medal

1893-1894 Olin Levi Warner Born: Suffield, Connecticut 1844 Died: New York, New York 1896 plaster 12 in. (30.4 cm) diam. Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Mrs. Carlyle Jones 1974.88.20 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 46A, Drawer 11


Luce Center Label

When Thomas George Hodgkins donated funds to the Smithsonian in October 1891, he stipulated the creation of an award to recognize scientific pursuits. Secretary of the Smithsonian Samuel P. Langley initially selected Olin Levi Warner to design a medal similar to the plaster version shown here. But Langley and Warner argued over the final design, and French artist Jules Clement Chaplain was ultimately hired to sculpt the obverse. The portrait appearing in this plaster is likely that of Joseph Henry, first secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, who presided from 1846 until his death in 1878.

Keywords

Miscellaneous - medal - Hodgkins Medal

Occupation - science - naturalist

Portrait male - Henry, Joseph - head

Study - sculpture model

sculpture - relief

plaster

cast

relief

About Olin Levi Warner

Born: Suffield, Connecticut 1844 Died: New York, New York 1896

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