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British-American Cup Medal (obverse)

1922 Anthony de Francisci Born: Palermo, Italy 1887 Died: New York, New York 1964 bronze 3 in. (7.6 cm) diam. Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Mrs. Anthony de Francisci 1966.51.65.1 Not currently on view


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The British America’s Cup originated in 1921, and was the first contest to race six-meter boats skippered by the two countries. On the obverse, two figures represent Britannia, accompanied by the Lion of England, and Liberty, by the American bald eagle. An inscription on the reverse refers to the Seawanhaka Corinthian Yacht Club, which was the first American group to compete with British yachts off Cowes, Isle of Wight, during the summer of 1921.

Keywords

Allegory

Animal - bird - eagle

Animal - lion

Architecture - boat - sailboat

Figure group - female

sculpture - medal

metal - bronze

relief

About Anthony de Francisci

Born: Palermo, Italy 1887 Died: New York, New York 1964

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