Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Georges Prud'homme (1873-1947)

Georges Henri Prud'homme (1873-1947) created some truly exquisite medals, their fineness is breath taking. You might not necessarily like the designs, but you have to admire the craftsmanship.

this medal is only 32mm in diameter - how do they engrave so finely ?

Georges was born in Capbreton the fifth and youngest child of Jean-Henri and Antoinette. Little is recorded about his early life and education other than he was baptised on the 19th February 1873 in the local parish church. Nothing enlightening yet !!

Portrait medals were the staple product of many medallists, Georges are finely engraved.

There are several references to his study at the l'École Nationale Superieure des Beaux-arts where he studied medal engraving under Alphée Dubois (1831-1905) and sculpture under the important artist Jean Alexandre Joseph Falguière (1831-1900). His work was accepted for exhibition at the Salon from as early as 1894 after which followed a successful career with highlights such as an "Honourable Mention" in 1901 and a 3rd Class Medal in 1904. In 1905 he was elected to the Sociétaire des Artistes Français and was made a Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur before in his death in Paris in 1947.

In addition to he medals he designed postage stamps for the French Postal Service. From 1922 until 1930 he cretaed 29 designs including the "Pasteur" series of commemoratives stamps.

This design seems to be on or perhaps inspired medal he created in 1922 commemorating 100 years since the birth of the famous chemist bacteriologist , Louis Pasteur (1822-1895)
Louis Pasteur (1822-1895)

One of his most enduring public monuments is the commemorative plaque to Jeanne D'Arc in Poiters, typically she is moulded a striking male youth in armour with a stoic expression of indifference. The plaque was created for the 500th anniversary of the Siege of Orleans 1429-1959 and incribed


He returned to the The Maid of Orléans several times for inspiration.

Other designs seen include;

Charles Lindbergh - medal c1927

Ville De Paris - c1910

A very talented medallist, whose creations continued to be minted for many years after his death. This itself confirms the timeless quality of his work.

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