Medal Commemorating the Model of the Dying Hercules Engraver: Thomas Wyon II (British, 1792–1817)
Manufacturer: Royal Society of Arts (British, founded 1754)
Honorand: Samuel Finley Breese Morse, American, 1791–1872, B.A. 1810, M.A. 1816, LL.D. 1846



This medal, struck by the Royal Society of Arts, was awarded to Samuel F. B. Morse (1791–1872) for Morse's sculpture of the Dying Hercules, which had been exhibited in London. The sculpture served as a model for Morse's painting on the same theme. The medal was given to the Yale University Art Gallery by Morse's widow; the sculpture (1866.4) and the painting (1866.3) are also in the Gallery's collection.




42.66 g, 11:00, 40 mm

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Samuel F. B. Morse

Accession Number



19th century


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Obverse Description

Obverse Description: ARTS AND COMMERCE PROMOTED around, J.WYON.JUN.SC in small letters below female bust l. with lotus in hair

Reverse Description

Reverse Description: TO MR. S. F. B. MORSE MDCCCXIII around from 9:00 inwardly, SOCY INSD. / LONDON 1753 in smaller letters below. FOR / an / original / Cast / CL118 in scrollwork within laurel wreath.


Samuel F. B. Morse,1813–72; Sarah Elizabeth Griswold, 1872–76; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.
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Additional information

Object/Work type

medals, mythology


Signature engraved at lower center: T .WYON. JUN. SC
Engraved at upper edge circularly: ARTS AND COMMERCE PROMOTED
Engraved verso at upper edge circularly: TO MR. S.F.B. MORSE, /MDCCCXIII
at center: FOR/an/original/cast/C1.118
at lower edge: SOCY INSID/London 1753

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