Portrait medal of Jean de La Fontaine (1621-1695) by Jacques Edouard Gatteaux. One of the Galerie Metallique des Grand Hommes Francais series. Minted in Paris, 1816.
Bust facing right; around, JEAN DE LA FONTAINE.; below in smaller lettering the artist's name, E. GATTEAUX.
Legend in eight lines: NE / EN M.DC.XXI. / A CHATEAU-THIERRY. / MORT / EN M.DC.LXXXXV / GALERIE METALLIQUE / DES GRAND HOMMES FRANCAIS. / 1816.
Jean de La Fontaine, French writer of fables who set out to satirize the court, the church, the rising bourgeoisie etc.
Galerie Metallique Des Grands Hommes Francais: a large series of portrait medals produced in France beginning in 1816, by leading medallists of the day. At least 119 people were honoured.
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 15 Mar 1976
Type of item
42 mm (Outside Diameter), 35.88 g (Weight)