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Creator:
Hubert-François Gravelot, 1699–1773, French, active in Britain (1733–45)
Title:

Design for a Medal: Britannia Ruling the Waves

Date:
1736
Medium:
Pen and black ink, over graphite, incised for transfer on medium, moderately textured, beige laid paper mounted on moderately thick slightly textured, cream laid paper, with gold leaf, watercolor, and pen with black and red ink, border lines
Dimensions:
Mount: 11 × 7 3/4 inches (27.9 × 19.7 cm), Contemporary drawn border: 4 5/8 × 4 1/4 inches (11.7 × 10.8 cm), and Sheet: 3 1/2 × 3 inches (8.9 × 7.6 cm)
Inscription(s)/Marks/Lettering:

Inscribed in artist's hand, in reverse, in pen, with black ink, within circle, upper center: "SHE REPELLS WHAT SHE POINTS NOT"; inscribed in reverse, with pen in black ink, within circle, center: "BRITANNIA", inscribed in reverse, with pen in black ink, within circle, lower center: "GEOGE REIGING | MDCCXXXVI."; inscribed in pan with black ink, lower center: "SHE REPELLS WHAT SHE POINTS NOT. | GEORGE REIGING | M.DCC.XXXVI. | H. Gravelot inv. & delin."; Verso: inscribed in graphite, upper right: "68/12/20/57"

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
B1975.4.439
Classification:
Drawings & Watercolors
Collection:
Prints and Drawings
Subject Terms:
allegory | design | medal | ships | waves (natural events)
Associated People:
Britannia
Access:
Accessible by request in the Study Room [Request]
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Link:
https://collections.britishart.yale.edu/catalog/tms:12566
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