Gilbert Stuart American Art-Union Medal Maker: Charles Cushing Wright (American, 1796–1857)
Manufacturer: American Art-Union (1844–1852)
Designer: Peter Paul Duggan (American, born Ireland, 1810–1861)
Designer: Salathiel Ellis (American, 1803–1879)




137.22 g, 12:00, 64 mm

Credit Line

Transfer from the Yale University Library, Numismatic Collection, 2001

Accession Number



19th century


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Obverse Description

Obverse Description: GILBERT - STUART around head of Gilbert Stuart l. Beneath truncation, C. C. WRIGHT F; around bottom, S. ELLIS DEL

Reverse Description

Reverse Description: AMERICAN ART-UNION Draped female on three-step platform holding wreath in l. hand, elbow on shield, standing l. extending palm in r. over male figure holding palette and brushes and a smaller male figure with chisel and hammer; on base of platform, 1848; on second step, DUGGAN DEL. Beneath platform, C. C. Wright in script, incuse.


Yale University Library, New Haven, Conn., by 2001; transferred to the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn., 2001
  • Helen A. Cooper et al., Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness: American Art from the Yale University Art Gallery, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2008), 221–23, no. 122, ill.
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"C.C. WRIGHT F." below portrait bust, \r\n"S. ELLIS DEL." below portrait bust, near rim.\r\nOn reverse, "DUGGAN DEL.", on step under female figure, \r\n"C.C. Wright" engraved in script under date, near rim.

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