Fly Fishing Medal

Media - 1972.167.46 - SAAM-1972.167.46_1 - 48196
Copied Gifford MacGregor Proctor, Fly Fishing Medal, 1953, bronze, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the heirs of Albert Laessle: Mrs. Albertine de Bempt Laessle, Mr. Albert M. Laessle and Mr. Paul Laessle, 1972.167.46

Artwork Details

Title
Fly Fishing Medal
Commissioner
Society of Medallic Arts
Founder
Medallic Art Company
Date
1953
Location
Not on view
Dimensions
2 78 in. (7.3 cm) diam.
Credit Line
Gift of the heirs of Albert Laessle: Mrs. Albertine de Bempt Laessle, Mr. Albert M. Laessle and Mr. Paul Laessle
Mediums
Mediums Description
bronze
Classifications
Keywords
  • Recreation — sport and play — fishing
  • Animal — fish
Object Number
1972.167.46

Artwork Description

Research has not revealed the purpose of this medal, but Gifford MacGregor Proctor’s design suggests that it was given as an award in a trophy fishing tournament. The elaborately tied “dry fly lure” on the reverse reveals the artistry of the champion fly fishermen, whose lures attract game fish such as the brook trout depicted on the obverse.