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George III Indian Peace Medal

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George III Indian Peace Medal

Artist: Thomas Wyon, the younger (English, 1792 - 1817)

Date: 1814
Medium: silver
Dimensions:
2 15/16 inches (7.5 cm)
Classification: Clothing and Accessories
Inscribed: GEORGIVS III DEI GRATIA BRITANNIAR VM REX F:D (on front); 1814 (on reverse)
Credit Line: Bequest of H.J. Lutcher Stark, 1965
Object number: 52.900.7
Accession Number: 1965.4.741
Label Text:The British Government produced this medal with a likeness of King George III on one side and a royal coat of arms on the other. British authorities gave these medals, called “peace medals” to Indians, especially those who supported the British during the War of 1812 with the United States. The United States produced and distributed similar medals featuring the likenesses of American presidents. Portraits of Indian leaders often show them wearing these medals. This George III medal belonged to artist Paul Kane, who painted several Indians wearing peace medals.

Provenance: Paul Kane III [1889-1958], Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada; purchased September 17, 1957 through (Edward Eberstadt & Sons, New York, New York) by H.J. Lutcher Stark [1887-1965]; bequeathed September 2, 1965 to the Nelda C. and H.J. Lutcher Stark Foundation; accessioned to the Stark Museum of Art
Exhibitions:
  • Paul Kane: Intrepid Artist and Adventurer
  • Western Classics: Highlights from the Collection