Royal Academy Prize Medal,
The Royal Academy was founded in London in 1768 under the patronage of George III. The Academy awarded 10 gold and silver medals in December 1770. These were the first impressions from the new dies executed by Pingo, of which this medal is one.
John Russel (1745-1806), portrait painter, produced many portraits chiefly in coloured crayons. He executed portraits of Queen Charlotte and the Prince of Wales from 1789-90 and other members of the Royal Family and was "styled painter to George III, Prince of Wales, and Duke of York".
The Dictionary of National Biography records that "in December 1770, he obtained the gold medal of the Academy for a large figure of 'Aquarius' (now belonging to Mr H Webb of Wimbledon who married one of the artist's grandchildren)."
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