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    1770 Rev. George Whitefield, Fine
    Betts-525, Bronze

    Betts-525. 1770 Rev. George Whitefield. Bronze. Fine. 36.4 mm, 28.9 gm. Obverse signed by Thomas Holloway (1748-1827), born in London. A medal commemorating the death of George Whitefield at Newburyport, the obverse design includes a large bust of Whitefield, nearly full-face, wearing a wig along with the bands and robes of an Anglican clergyman. The reverse design includes a tablet at center, with the text, "TO THE MEMORY OF THE REV: GEO; WHITEFIELD A.M. WHO, WITH UNRELUCTANT GRANDEUR GAVE, NOT YIELDED UP, HIS SOUL SUBLIME. AT NEWBURY P.N. AMERICA. 2. 30. 1770 IN THE 56 YEAR OF HIS AGE. HIS CONDUCT IS A LEGACY FOR ALL. Surrounding the tablet are a number of decorative emblems. Whitefield was a founder of Methodism, preaching to thousands throughout the American colonies beginning in 1738, established the Bethesda Orphanage near Savannah, Georgia, and was among Benjamin Franklin's friends. There are no marks worthy of mention on this medal exhibiting wear on the high points. Attractive chocolate-brown color adds to the eye appeal.
    Ex: Spink's (4/1981), lot 943.
    From The John W. Adams Collection.


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