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Medal - Portrait of John Medley, University of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1940 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 20294

Bronze portrait medal of John Medley, Vice-Chancellor, University of Melbourne. Designed by Andor Meszaros and minted in 1940.

Andor Meszaros arrived in Melbourne in 1939, bringing with him European traditions of medals as fine art. He started his Australian career by approaching leading figures in Melbourne's academic, religious and medical communities and offering to sculpt portrait medals with the right of refusal (and non-payment) if they were not satisfied with the results. Out of 50 portraits, only one was rejected. This medal of John Medley was one of his earliest works.
A cast bronze portrait medal (115 mm diameter) featuring a profile of John Medley by the artist Andor Meszaros.
Statement Of Significance:
For over half a century, sculptors Andor (1900-1973) and Michael (1945- ) Meszaros have created medals that reflect the high points of life in Australia. From major awards and portraits of eminent Australians to artwork celebrating popular culture and the natural world, these objects illuminate our culture and history. Grounded in a centuries-old European art tradition, the medals create connections across disciplines and link such diverse subjects as scientific advances, religious themes, sport, the performing arts and motherhood. Through their public and private commissions and their personal artworks, the Meszaros sculptors have defined the modern Australian medal.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 115 mm (Width), 10 mm (Length), 116 mm (Diameter)
Dimension Comment: Width = Diameter

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Tagged with: portrait medals, medals, service medals
Themes this item is part of: Andor Mészáros, Medal Artist (1900-1972), Public Life & Institutions Collection, Migration Collection, Numismatics & Philately Collection, Meszaros Medals Collection
On Display at: Melbourne Museum
Primary Classification: MEDALS
Secondary Classification: Commemorative
Tertiary Classification: education
Series: Australian Art Medals
DateEra: 1940 AD
Obverse Description: Profile of head of John D.C. Medley facing left. Text around 'MELBOURNE UNIVERSITY . JOHN D.C. MEDLEY . VICE-CHANCELLOR. 1940' / monogram 'AM'.
Reverse Description: Profile of head of John D.C. Medley facing right. Text around 'MELBOURNE UNIVERSITY . JOHN D.C. MEDLEY . VICE-CHANCELLOR. 1940' / monogram 'AM'.
Edge Description: Plain
Shape: Round
Material: Bronze
Issued By: University of Melbourne (The), Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Artist: Andor Mészáros, Australia, 1940
Person Depicted: John Medley - University of Melbourne (The), Australia, 1940
  1. [Catalogue] Sharples, John P. 1990. Medals as Art: Australia and the Meszaros Tradition.
  2. [Article] Jewell, Raymond T. 1986. Michael Meszaros: The Man and his Medals. Journal of the Numismatic Association of Australia. 2: 4-24.

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