Images of Empire: The British Empire on nineteenth century medals

20130416151653tah25Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge: until  Sun 29 September 2013

A thought-provoking selection of medallic artwork, which explores British expansion across the globe during the nineteenth century. See a wide range of medals relating to plagues and rebellions, sieges and skirmishes, victories and defeats. Some feature panoramic views of landscapes and stylised images of colonial warfare. Others depict allegorical scenes featuring classical figures and heraldic animals. These fascinating objects enable us to explore the diverse histories of many parts of Asia and Africa. They also provide a unique insight into the British Empire, its conflicts and its self-image.

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