Mudies Medal Set
An Historical and Critical Account of a Grand Series of National Medals.
Published under the direction of James Mudie Esq. London 1820
To His Most Excellent Majesty
George the Fourth
Under your Majesty's auspicious Governement the British arms achieved a succession of Victories over the most powerful enemy with whom the country ever contended. These victories terminated in his surrender and downfall. A series, ofMedals, important in design and execution, transmitting the record of such momentous and glorious successes to Posterity, wanted only the gracious sanction of your Majesty's encouragement and protection, to give them their due value in the estimation of the British People. This honor, conferred upon the only private individual who has ventured upon so important and national an undertaking, your Majesty has graciously and spontaneously been pleased to afford.
Duly sensible of his gracious condescension, I beg leave to offer to your Majesty the grateful homage of Your Majesty's Dutiful and devoted Subject.
JAMES MUDIE London, August 15, 1820.
The medals were commissioned by James Mudie as a private venture. Sets of medals being available by subscription. Medals in bronze were 10s 6d. each, or Twenty Guineas for the series including an elegant case, arranged for the library or cabinet.
In silver, one guinea each, or forty Guineas the series.
In gold, Fifteen Guineas each, or Six Hundred Guineas the series.
Single medals could be purchased.
Medals could be obtained from specified agents in London, York, Newcastle, Salisbury, Edinburgh, Bath, Hull, Leeds, Oxford, Wakefield, Liverpool, Worcester, Dublin, Glasgow, Bristol, Manchester and Plymouth.
The case of Medals.
The medals, 40 in total, were housed in two removable cream velvet covered trays, each tray having a housing for 20 medals and each medal location being provided with a silk lifting ribbon and a number relating to the number of the medal. The library case is 24cms wide, 30cms tall and 38mm deep. It is normally covered in gilt tooled maroon leather with the Royal Cypher and title of the front lid. The spine is ornately gilded and gilt title 'SERIES OF MEDALS OF BRITISH VICTORIES.' These cases are now difficult to find. The set of medals was accompanied by a list of subscribers and description of the medals. In addition, a large dedicatory and desriptive book was available. This book has recently been reprinted for The Naval & Military Press Ltd 'www.naval-military-press.com'
James Mudie commissioned forty medals to be produced by the leading medallists in Britain and other European Countries. The resultant output was forty medals, each 41mm in diameter, struck at Thomasons factory in Birmingham. Additionally, the Nelson medal was produced in two formats, the uniformed variant being included in the cased sets and a further medal for the Victories in India, 1819, was produced for Mudie but not included. A number of variants exist, due to the medals being produced from a number of dies and a mule of Nelson and Wellington has been noted. The latter being of great interest to those interested in the personalities rather than the events.
Numbers 1 to 10
1. George III Dedication 1817.
2. Settlement of the British at Bombay 1602; East India Co's Victory over the French 1804.
3. Naval Victory of the 1st of June 1794.
4.Battle of Cape St. Vincent 1791.
5. Battle of Camperdown 1797.
6. Horatio Nelson Memorial. 1805.
7.Defence of Acre 1799.
8. Arrival of the English Army in Egypt. 1801.
9. Egypt Delivered. 1801.
10. Victory Honours of Scottish Regiments. 1815.
|Mudie 5||Mudie 6|
|Mudie 7||Mudie 8|
|Mudie 9||Mudie 10|
Numbers 11 to 20
11. Royal Military College. Presentation of Colours. 1813
12. English Army Arrives in the Penninsula. 1808.
13. Battle of Vimiera. English Army enters Lisbon. 1808.
14. Death of Sir John Moore. 1809
15. Passage of the Douro. 1809.
16. Battle of Talavera. 1809
17. English Army on the Tagus. 1810-1811.
18. Battle of Albuera. 1811.
19. Capture of Badajoz. 1812.
20. Battle of Almarez. 1812.
|Mudie 15||Mudie 16|
|Mudie 17||Mudie 18|
|Mudie 19||Mudie 20|
21. Battle of Salamanca. British Army enters Madrid. 1812.
22. Battle of Vitoria. 1813.
23. Battle of the Pyrenees. 1813.
24. Battle of San Sebastian. 1813.
25. Surrender of Pamplona. 1813.
26. Battle of Toulouse. 1814.
27. Peace in Europe. 1814.
28. England gives Peace to the World. 1814.
29. Treaties of Paris. 1814.
30. Visit of the Allied Sovereigns to England. 1814.
|Mudie 23||Mudie 24|
|Mudie 25||Mudie 26|
|Mudie 27||Mudie 28|
|Mudie 29||Mudie 30|
Numbers 31 to 40.
31. English Army Re-enters Hanover. 1814.
32. Flight of Napoleon from Elba; Declaration of the congress of Vienna.1815.
33. British Army in The Netherlands. 1815.
34. Charge of the British at Waterloo. 1815.
35. Battle of Waterloo. 1815.
36. British Army enters Paris. 1815.
37. Surrender of Napoleon. 1815.
38. Napoleon on St. Helena. 1815.
39. Admiral Lord Exmouth. 1816.
40. Constitution given to the Ionian Islands. 1817.
|Mudie 31||Mudie 32|
|Mudie 33||Mudie 34|
|Mudie 35||Mudie 36|
|Mudie 37||Mudie 38|
|Mudie 39||Mudie 40|
Other Mudie medals.
The Nelson medal Number 6 had two obverses. The uniformed variant being selected for inclusion in the set, although some sets (possibly made up from individually collected medals) have the rejected variant included. This medal shows a bare headed bust of Nelson, both medals being the work of T. Webb and J. P. Droz. This medal is Eimer 963, BHM 596.
A medal to mark the British Victories in India 1818 by W. Wyon was also commissioned by James Mudie. I do not know if this medal was ever considered for inclusion, but it is the same size and is Eimer 1108, BHM 974.