WYON, Joseph Shepherd. 16935

£300

Description

Autograph Letter Signed, to Hepworth Dixon, sending the medal “struck in commemoration of the visit of the Prince of Wales to Canada”, referring to the bronze and silver versions struck “for distribution by the Directors of The Grand Trunk Railway of Canada”, add ing in the postscript that “the design of the reverse is by Mr. M.D.Wyatt”. 3 pp. 7 x 4½ inches, in good condition, occasional very light toning. 287 Regent Street, 29 August 1860. Uncommon. Joseph Shepherd Wyon (1836 – 1873), English medallist and seal-engraver. On 2 December 1858 Wyon was appointed Chief Engraver of the Seals, a post previously held by his father, Benjamin Wyon, and grandfather, Thomas Wyon the elder. His medals included the Great Seal of the Confederate States of America,the New Zealand War medal, the medal for the confederation of provinces of Canada (1867), and the Great Seal of the Dominion of Canada. In this letter he refers to the few gold medals struck, “one of which was to be presented to the Prince on the occasion of his laying the last stone of the Victoria Bridge. I have been honored with several sittings for the portrait of H.R.H. which I have done my best to make a good likeness.”