Yorkshire Fine Arts and Industrial Exhibition Medal
Designer: John Bell
Struck by Thomas Ottley (active 1852-1931)
Source: The History of the Yorkshire Fine Art and Industrial Exhibition, York, following p. 363.
At the conclusion of the highly successful Yorkshire Fine Art and Industrial Exhibition, Bell's medal was "pronounced by competent judges, the best design produced for some time past." He is mentioned in the record of the event as the "fellow-citizen" who had previously "executed the Great Council Medal of 1851" (The History of the Yorkshire Fine Art and Industrial Exhibition, 341), and was probably the local landscape painter of that name who helped with the arrangement of paintings in the exhibition's art gallery (see Spier). [Commentary continues below.]
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