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Albert and Elisabeth: Generosity-Gratitude

Belgian
1914
Godefroid Devreese (Belgian, 1861–1941)


Object Place: Europe, Belgium

Dimensions

Diameter and weight: 91 mm (3 9/16 in.)

Accession Number

26.277

Medium or Technique

Metal; silvered bronze

Not On View

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Medals

Circular medal of Albert and Elisabeth, commemorating American relief sent to Belgium in 1914.

Obverse: Two overlapping, profile busts of Albert and Elisabeth looking to right, he in front and wearing military costume and she wearing a tiara; inscribed at edge and on bust.

Reverse: Semi-nude female personification of American generosity, standing at proper right with wheat stalks in her arms, before a nude standing man behind a clothed crouching woman with child at proper left, with an oceanliner steamship in background with an American flag and the inscribed name “RELIEF”; inscribed in French above, at proper left, and below.

Inscription

Obverse: Inscribed at edge "·LL·MM·ALBERT·et·ELISABETH·" and on bust "G.DEVREESE".

Reverse: Inscribed above "GENEROSITE-AMERIQUE BELGIAN-GRATITUDE", at proper left "G.DEVREESE", and below "1914".

Provenance

1926, given by the Commission for Relief in Belgium Educational Foundation to MFA. (Accession Date: December 2, 1926)

Credit Line

Gift of the Commission for Relief in Belgium Educational Foundation