Medals of Dishonour



ISBN: 9780714118161 Category:

Philip Attwood, Felicity Powell


Alongside the longstanding and well-known association of medals with glory and achievement lies another darker tradition of the medal as an indicator of dishonour. Medals of Dishonour will reveal this little-known history, and will also show internationally renowned contemporary artists engaging with the medal as a vehicle for political and social comment. The first part of the catalogue consists of a representative selection of about twenty medals of the 17th—20th centuries, including Dutch medals satirizing James II and Louis XIV, German and British medals on financial scandal and political corruption, a French medal showing Napoleon III as a cockchafer, German WWI anti-war medals, and two of David Smith’s Medal for Dishonor. The second part consists of medals and related drawings recently commissioned by the British Art Medal Trust from twelve celebrated contemporary artists. The artists were asked to make works focusing on important issues of our times. Subjects include war, race, ASBOs and our modern obsession with shopping.

Additional information

Weight 724 g
Dimensions 23 x 27.8 cm
Publisher name The British Museum Press
Publication date 27 August 2009
Number of pages 136
Format Paperback / softback
Dimensions 23 x 27.8 cm
Weight 724 g


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