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A Postscript To A Memoir Of The Life And Works Of William Wyon, Esq., A.R.A., Chief Engraver Of The Royal Mint. - [Epigraph]

RA Collection: Book

Record number



(London:: Printed By W. Nicol, 51, Pall Mall.), 1837.

Physical Description

63, [1], 17, [1] p.; 222 mm. (Octavo.)


[T.p.] - [Text] - [Letters] - [Divisional t.p., 'Supplement'] - [Text] - [Colophon].

Responsibility Note

The author is not named, but the text is printed above the name of Nicholas Carlisle.

The printer is named on the verso of the title-page and in the colophon.

Summary Note

The date of publication is given more fully at the end of the text as '1st. October, 1837'; and the Supplement contains letters carrying the dates of November and December 1837. The work is a Postscript to a Memoir which had been published earlier the same year. It was published separately, i.e. without a reprint of the Memoir (see footnote, p.4).

The text enlarges on the brief contrast which the author had made in the Memoir between the work of Wyon for the Royal Mint and the less prolific output of Benedetto Pistrucci - whose cause had been taken up by William Richard Hamilton. In 1828 Pistrucci had been appointed Chief Medallist to the Royal Mint, with William Wyon as Chief Engraver. A considerable conflict was waged by the partisans of the two men. The main text is followed by letters, 1, 2. between N. Carlisle and Robt. Bingley (Royal Mint); 3-8. between William Rd. Hamilton and N. Carlisle. These letters carry dates ranging from June 1836 to September 1837. The Supplement contains further letters, 1. from Ld. Wallace to N. Carlisle; 2-4. between Ld. Wallace and W.R. Hamilton. These carry dates ranging from November to December 1837.

Immediate source of Acquisition

Purchased in, 1867. (See Librarian's Report, RA Annual Report for 1867, p. 26).

Binding Note

20th-century half calf, green cloth-covered boards; gilt-decorated spine, green morocco spine-label lettered 'Memoir Of Wyon, A.R.A.', spine lettered 'R.A.' Bound A Memoir of ... Wyon [07/3109]

Name as Subject


Coins - Medals - Seals - Medalists - Great Britain - History - 19th century
Pamphlets - Letters - Biography - Great Britain - 19th century