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Publisher: British Museum
ISBN10: 0714118168 ISBN13: 9780714118161 DDC: 737.22074421 LCC: CJ5508 Edition: (pbk.)


Alongside the long standing and well-known association of medals with glory and achievement lies another darker tradition of the medal as an indicator of dishonour. Medals of Dishonour will reveal this little-known history, and will also show internationally renowned contemporary artists engaging with the medal as a vehicle for political and social comment. The first part of the catalogue consists of a representative selection of about twenty medals of the 17th-20th centuries, including German and British medals on financial scandal and political corruption, a French medal showing Napoleon III as a cockchafer, German WWI anti-war medals, and two of David Smith' s Medal for Dishonour. The second part consists of medals and related drawings recently commissioned by the British Art Medal Trust from twelve celebrated contemporary artists. Artists were asked to make works focusing on important issues of our times. Subjects include war, race, ASBOs and our modern obsession with shopping.


Published to accompany the exhibition of the same name held at the British Museum from 25 June to 27 Sept. 2009. Includes bibliographical references (p. 130-134) and index.


  • LCC: CJ5508
  • Dewey Decimal: 737.22074421

Book Details

  • Language: eng
  • Physical Description: 136 p. : ill. (chiefly col.) ; 28 cm.
  • Edition Info: (pbk.)


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