Edward John Poynter was born in Paris in 1836 and studied in France, Italy and England. He was Professor of Art at University College, London and from 1894 Director of the National Gallery, London - overseeing the opening of the Tate Gallery.

He designed the reverse of the Ashantee War Medal in 1873, and the reverse of the shilling and florin for the 1893 Jubilee coinage of Queen Victoria.

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