James Smithson Medallion, Back View

ID: 95-3573-06

Creator: Tolman, Ruel P (Ruel Pardee) 1878-1954

Form/Genre: Other, plaster with gilding

Date: Unknown, c. 1910

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 11-009 and Record Unit 7000, Box 6

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The back view of a plaster medallion painted gold with image of James Smithson (1765-1829) prepared for the Smithsonian Institution by Smithsonian art curator, Ruel P. Tolman, based on a neo-classical bust of Smithson in bas relief attributed to the Engraver General of France, Pierre Joseph Tiolier (1763-1819), which was found among Smithson's personal effects after his death. Please see negative number 95-3573-2 for the front view.


  • Smithson, James 1765-1829
  • Canova, Antonio 1757-1822
  • Tolman, Ruel P (Ruel Pardee) 1878-1954
  • Tiolier, Pierre Joseph 1763 - 1819


Historic Images of the Smithsonian


Photograph of medallion in RU95 box 21 folder 1A, negatives 33395 or SA-766. The medallion was originally attributed to the Italian artist Antonio Canova, but the "T" mark on the medallion identifies it as created by Pierre Joseph Tiolier.

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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 11-009 and Record Unit 7000, Box 6

Contact information

Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu


Unknown, c. 1910

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  • Portrait medallions
  • Art
  • Benefactors
  • Smithson family
  • Busts
  • Philanthropists
  • Art objects


Other, plaster with gilding

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Physical description

Color: Black and White; Size: 2 1/8w x 2 1/2h x 1/2d; Type of Image: Bust; Medium: Other, plaster with gilding

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