48. [MEDALLION]. WEDGWOOD, Josiah (attributed). Portrait medallion of Captain Cook: Capt. Cook. N.p., n.d. [England, ca. 1779?]. Oval bas-relief front view bust portrait on blue jasper ground, applied white relief, impressed title. Approximately 7.6 x 8.3 cm (3 x 3-1/4 inches) visible. Contemporary oval wooden frame, convex glass, leather backing. Frame slightly chipped, portrait very fine. Early ink manuscript note on slip of paper attached to backing: Wedgwood & Bentley. Cf. Beddie 2847 & 2848. Provenance: Sir Maurice Holmes.
See preceding (Item 47) for the wax matrix for this medallion. This is apparently one of the contemporary manifestations of the widespread admiration that Cook attracted after his death. ($2,500-5,000)
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