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Creator Role

sculptor producer issuer

Description

The medal's obverse design features the right-side profile of Nathaniel Hawthorne, a nineteenth-century writer most famous for penning The Scarlet Letter. A quill and piece of paper also appear on the medal's obverse. On the reverse, several figures are pictured. On the left, a nude male sits on a short pillar playing a flute. A nude woman appears in a seated position just under the flute. Another man, dressed as a king, is pictured just above the flautist. At the center, a man and woman stand back-to-back on a rock (possibly Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale and Hester Prynne). To the right, three figures stand in a line and a wall runs at their fronts. Two ships sailing on water and a small village scene are also depicted.

Contributor

Justice Frank J. and Virginia Williams

Approximate Creation Date

1975

Measurement

1 3/4 inches (diameter)

Materials and Techniques Display

bronze

Inscription

obverse: NATHANIEL HAWTHORNE / A / [facsimile artist signature] / 1804 / 1864 reverse: THE HALL OF FAME / FOR GREAT AMERICANS / AT / NEW YORK UNIVERSITY / 19©75 edge: MEDALLIC ART CO. N.Y. BRONZE

Creation Location

Frank and Virginia Williams Collection of Lincolniana (Mississippi State, Mississippi, United States)

Work Type

commemorative medal

Class

Article

Rights

Copyright protected by Mississippi State University Libraries. Use of materials from this collection beyond the exceptions provided for in the Fair Use and Educational Use clauses of the U.S. Copyright Law may violate federal law. Permission to publish or reproduce is required.

ID

3154.72

Current Location

Frank and Virginia Williams Collection of Lincolniana (Mississippi State, Mississippi, United States)

Repository

Mississippi State University Libraries

Digital Publisher

Mississippi State University Libraries (electronic version).

Contact Information

For more information about the contents of this collection, email sp_coll@library.msstate.edu.

Nathaniel Hawthorne Commemorative Medal (from Hall of Fame for Great Americans at New York University Medal Series)

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