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A Pair of Progress Sketches for Dupre's 1789 Agricultural Prize Medal

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A Pair of Progress Sketches for Dupre's 1789 Agricultural Prize Medal

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A pair of progress sketches for the obverse of the 1789 Agricultural prize medal (Au Cultivateur Laborieux) for farmers of Haute Guyenne by Augustin Dupré;. Pencil on thin laid paper, both sketches corner mounted to a single larger sheet. Each sketch is stamped with the blue ink stamps applied by Narcisse Dupré;, Augustin's son, one reading "A. Dupré fecit" in the style of Dupré's autograph, the other "ND" for Narcisse Dupré;. Sheet 204 x 290 mm (8 x 11"), drawings measure 116 x 102 mm and 122 x 117 mm. The completed struck version of this medal, catalogued as Hennin 873, measures 38 mm and is known in both silver and bronze. The Dupré catalogue by the Musée Carnavalet connects this design to that of the contemporaneously accomplished Daniel Morgan at Cowpens, which features a similar image of Liberty crowning Morgan after his victory. ("Le groupe est trés proche d'inspiration de celui du revers de la médalille du général Morgan, ou l'officier est couronné par une reine indienne symbolisant l'Amérique."  Here, instead of Morgan holding his sword, a farmer holds his plow. The top drawing shows a more detailed background, depicting farmers at work. The lower drawing includes no background and shows a number of differences: the farmers hand is further from his side and stands with his feet apart, the goddess is draped, the farmer's clothing is a more casual costume featuring a sash rather than the great coast and waistcoat seen in the top drawing. 

This pair of drawings, placed together by Augustin Dupré's son and remaining together today, offers insight into Dupré's exacting design process, attempting many subtly different designs before settling on exactly what would appear in the die. The more detailed top drawing is very close to the struck version of the medal, and careful comparison finds far more similarities than differences. 

Both sketches remain in good condition, though the bottom drawing's southeast corner is no longer mounted to the backing sheet.  

Additional Information

Grading Service RAW
Grade RAW
Designation N/A
Mint Location N/A
Strike Type N/A
Circulated/Uncirc Not Specified
Grade Add On N/A
SKU or Cert # dupre-42

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A pair of progress sketches for the obverse of the 1789 Agricultural prize medal (Au Cultivateur Laborieux) for farmers of Haute Guyenne by Augustin Dupré;. Pencil on thin laid paper, both sketches corner mounted to a single larger sheet. Each sketch is stamped with the blue ink stamps applied by Narcisse Dupré;, Augustin's son, one reading "A. Dupré fecit" in the style of Dupré's autograph, the other "ND" for Narcisse Dupré;. Sheet 204 x 290 mm (8 x 11"), drawings measure 116 x 102 mm and 122 x 117 mm. The completed struck version of this medal, catalogued as Hennin 873, measures 38 mm and is known in both silver and bronze. The Dupré catalogue by the Musée Carnavalet connects this design to that of the contemporaneously accomplished Daniel Morgan at Cowpens, which features a similar image of Liberty crowning Morgan after his victory. ("Le groupe est trés proche d'inspiration de celui du revers de la médalille du général Morgan, ou l'officier est couronné par une reine indienne symbolisant l'Amérique."  Here, instead of Morgan holding his sword, a farmer holds his plow. The top drawing shows a more detailed background, depicting farmers at work. The lower drawing includes no background and shows a number of differences: the farmers hand is further from his side and stands with his feet apart, the goddess is draped, the farmer's clothing is a more casual costume featuring a sash rather than the great coast and waistcoat seen in the top drawing. 

This pair of drawings, placed together by Augustin Dupré's son and remaining together today, offers insight into Dupré's exacting design process, attempting many subtly different designs before settling on exactly what would appear in the die. The more detailed top drawing is very close to the struck version of the medal, and careful comparison finds far more similarities than differences. 

Both sketches remain in good condition, though the bottom drawing's southeast corner is no longer mounted to the backing sheet.  

Additional

Additional Information

Grading Service RAW
Grade RAW
Designation N/A
Mint Location N/A
Strike Type N/A
Circulated/Uncirc Not Specified
Grade Add On N/A
SKU or Cert # dupre-42

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