Copy of a medal of Ferdinando Francesco d'Avalos, Marquis of Pescara. The original medal, by Annibale Fontana, was made before 1552. This Electrotype copy made circa 1881 by Robert Ready. The original medal from the collection of George III (Reg: G3,IP.329) was exhibited in the King's Library of the British Museum in 1881 and is No. 90 in the catalogue of that exhibition. It is thought that this electrotype was produced in association with that exhibition and publication and acquired by the National Gallery of Victoria where it was displayed in the late 1880s. (Note: the original medal is cast lead, this copy has been copper plated and toned).
"One of the most distinguished among the generals of Charles V. Son of Alfonso d'Avalos; b., 1493 ; mar., when very young, to Vittoria dau. of Fabrizio Oolonna, High Chancellor of the Kingdom of Naples. He took an important part in most of Charles V's Italian wars, and notably at the battle of Pavia, 1525; d., 1552. He was also an author. " King's Library Catalogue, 1881, p.38
Bust of Ferdinando facing right, bearded, wearing an ornamented cuirass and the Order of the Golden Fleece; around, FERDINAND. FRAN. DAVALOS DE AQVIN. MAR, P.
Ferdinando as Hercules, nude, holding a lion skin in his left hand and reaching out with his right hand to pluck the apples of the Hesperides from a tree, his left foot planted on a fallen dragon on which his club lies; background of a landsape with a town, harbour and setting sun; around, QVAMVIS CVSTODITA DRACONE (translation: though guarded by a dragon)
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 15/3/1976
Type of item
71 mm (Outside Diameter)
King's Library No.90 Kress.442
[Book] Keary, C F. 1881. Guide to the Italian medals exhibited in the King's library., 38-39 Pages
[Book] Hill, George W. & Pollard, Graham. 1967. Renaissance Medals from the Samuel H. Kress Collection., 84 Pages