Exhibitions | Special Displays
Victorian Style Wars: The Medal in Nineteenth-Century Britain
When Queen Victoria came to the throne in 1837 a restrained Greek classical style was in fashion, but this was soon challenged by the rise of a taste for Gothic medievalism in the 1840s.
Increasingly elaborate and beautifully detailed medals used classical and Gothic ideas to celebrate the achievements of Victoria’s British Empire, but in the 1890s Art Nouveau and a taste for simplicity seemed to represent a new start for the British medal and the decorative arts in general.
Tue 31 May 2011 to Sun 2 October 2011