Portrait medal of Cardinal Armand Jean du Plessis, Duke of Richelieu, Duke of Fronsac (1585-1642) by Jaques Gatteaux. One of the Galerie Metallique des Grand Hommes Francais series. Minted in Paris, 1821.
Tonsured and draped bust facing left; around, ARM. J. DU PLESSIS RICHELIEU.; below in small lettering the artist's name, E. GATTEAUX.
Legend in eight lines: NE / A PARIS / EN M.D.LXXXV. / MORT / EN M.DC.XLII. / GALERIE METALLIQUE / DES GRAND HOMMES FRANCAIS. / 1821.
French Duke, Cardinal, Statesman and patron of the arts
Galerie Metallique Des Grands Hommes Francais: a large series of portrait medals produced in France beginning in 1816, by leading medallists of the day. At least 119 people were honoured.
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 15/3/1976
Type of item
38.62 g (Weight)