A drawing in chalk of Apollo
The Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce, known today as the Royal Society of Arts, was established in 1754. Its founders sought to encourage economic, scientific and artistic promise by granting monetary rewards and prizes to inventors and artists. This silver pendant medal was awarded to Mr H.D. Barry in 1845 for ‘an original drawing in chalk of Apollo’. What genteel and civilised times! It is inscribed on the obverse within a ribboned garland: ‘The Honorary Pallet of the Society for Promoting Arts, Manufactures, and Commerce.’ Inscribed on reverse, within a scroll over a cluster of pencils, with the details of the recipient of the prize. The pendant measures 2.5 inches by 2 and 1/4 inches and is pierced for suspension. There are similar examples in the British Museum and the Royal Academy. Immaculate.