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LORDONNOIS, MARCEL PROSPER (French). Contemporary Sculptor
and Medallist, born at Paris ; pupil of Mouchon, F. Vernon and
Kluge. At the Salons of 1896, 1898, 1902, 1903, 1904, and 1906 he
exhibited several Medals and Portrait-plaquettes, which display a
good taste and technical ability. One of them, that of M llc Dugat
I have seen ; and also one of M lle Jeanne Cordonnier. At the Salon
of 1905, he exhibited : Portrait of M me M. B***; M Ile M. B. A***;

- A. Bassinet, senator; G. Marion, surgeon; - Head of the
French Republic; M. Mollier ; Senynha, etc., and was awarded
a Mention honorable; 1906. Portrait-plaquette of M. Paul
Ghautard, president of the Conseil municipal; Tir aux pigeons;

- Musique ; - Diane ; Gallia; Inauguration medal of the
Theatre royal at Ostend ; - Portrait of Marcelle de B***, etc.

LOREDANO, ZUANO (7/rt/.). Mint-overseer at Venice, 1590-1592.
His initials Z. L. occur on some of his coins.

LORENZ, CARL HEINRICH (Germ.). Medallist and Coin-engraver,
born at Berlin on the 24''' of August 1810; died in the seventies. He
studied first at the Berlin Academy, then at Vienna, visited Italy,
and returned to Berlin, where he was working up to 1848, when he
obtained employment as Engraver and Medallist to the Mint of
Altona, from the Danish government. From 1859 to 1861 he filled
the post of Chief Medallist at St. Petersburg, and definitely settled
at Hamburg towards the end of 1861. For some years he worked
in conjunction with his son Johann, their joint productions being
signed : H. LORENZ U. SOHN.

By Heinrich Lorenz are the following medals : Portrait-medal
of Gutenberg ; - - Ministerial Director Beuth ; Prize Medal of
the Hamburg Agricultural Exhibition, 1869; Hamburg Kunstler-
Verein, 1869 (signed: LORENZ U. SOHN); - - The United Masonic
Lodges of Hamburg, 1870-71 (signed : H. LORENZ U. SOHN) ; -
D r Christoph Heinrich PfafF, of Stuttgart, 1843 (2 var.); Chol-
era, Chiavari, 1837; Commemorative medal ol the German
Industrial Exhibition at Berlin, 1844; - - The Holstein-Schleswig
Insurrection, 1848-1851; - - Frederick William Louis, Prince of
Prussia, initiated into the Order of Free Masons, 1840 ; William
Louis Victor, Count Henckel von Donnersmarck, 1841 ; Monu-
ment to Frederick the Great at Breslau, 1840; Patriotic Society
of Schweidnitz-Jauer; Prince and Princess Leopold of Lippe,
25 th Anniversary, 1845 ; Commemorative medal of the First
Diet at Frankfort-on-M., 1848 (LORENZ F.).



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Lorenz signed his medals : LORENZ ; H. LORENZ ; H. L.
Both he and his son were employed by the Loos Medallic Mint
to cut dies for medals at various times.

BIBLIOGRAPHY. Bolzenthal, op. oil. Fricdensburg, op. cit. Menadier,
op. cit.

LORENZ, HANS (Germ.). Mint-warden at Teschen, 1620-1624
and 1643-1649.

LORENZ, JOHANN JACOB (Germ.). Medallist to the Mint of Ham-
burg, born at Berlin, 24. June 1845, died 29. August 1887. He wa s
the son of the medallist Carl Heinrich Lorenz, irom whom he
received his first tuition. From 1864 to 1867, ne was a student at
the Berlin Royal Academy of Arts, and while residing in the Prus-
sian capital he occasionally worked for the Loos Medallic Mint.
He then visited Dresden and was employed there by the Court-
medallist Friedrich Hermann Jahn. By the end of 1868 we find
him back at Hamburg. On the opening of the mint of Hamburg,
in 1874, he was appointed Medallist and Mint-engraver, and he
died in office, from an apoplectic fit brought on by overwork.

Johann Lorenz is the author ot numerous Medallic works,
Reliefs, Portraits, Commemorative medals, etc., some of which he
executed in conjunction with his father. The coins struck at Ham-
burg, from 1874 to 1887, were also engraved by him. Among his
best known productions are : Large official commemorative medal
of the Completion of Cologne Cathedral, 1880; - Medal of Ger-
man Coastguards and Seamen, 1881; Prize Medal of the Geo-
graphical Society of Hamburg, with bust of the burgomaster Gustav
Heinrich Kirchenpauer, 1881; ' Burgomaster Hermann Ant.
Corn. Weber, 1885 ; Portrait-medallion of Carl Heinrich

Lorenz; - Baptism ot the medallist's daughter, Anna, 24. August
1878; - - The United Lodges of Hamburg, 1870-1871 (signed :
LORENZ U. SOHN) ; - Prince Bismarck ; - The Curiosities of
Hamburg; Hamburg Kunstler Verein, 1873 ; Portrait-jeton
of Prince Bismarck (1871); - - Prince Bismarck, 1872 (edge
inscribed : NIGHT NACH CANOSSA) ; D r John Martin

Lappenberg, numismatist, of Hamburg, 1864.

"Lorenz Starb", observes D r Erbstein, "da er sich bei seinem
rastlosen Eifer eine Nervenkrankheit zugezogen, in Folge eines
Gehirnschlages. Von ermiidlichem Schaffensdrange beseelt, begeistert
fur alles Schone, neidlos gegen Andere, mit den trefHichsten Eigen-
schaften des Herzens ausgestattet, hinterlasst er bei seinenzahlreichen
Freunden auch als Mensch das beste Andenken.

BIBLIOGRAPHY. D r Erbstein, Blatter fur Mun^freunde, 1887, col. 1354.

LORENZ, PAUL (Germ.). Mint-engraver at Breslau, 1627.



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LORENZALE (Span.). Designer of a medal, engraved by Jubany,
on the Inauguration of the Barcelona to Matano Railway, 1848.

LORENZANUS, J. AND. (7/tf/.). According to Bonanni, Nwnismata
Pontificum Roinanoriiin, vol. II, p. 785, n XI, Lorenzanus engraved
a medal with bust of Pope Alexander VIII. , commemorating the
gift by Queen Christina of Sweden of her library to the Vatican,
1690. Hildebrand describes the piece from Bonanni's drawing.

BIBLIOGRAPHY. Hildebrand, op. cit., I, 321.

LORENZO PARMENSE. Vide FRAGNY (Vol. II, p. 133).

LORENZO DE' MEDICI, surnamed the Magnificent, Ruler of Flo-
rence, 1469-1492, and the greatest Patron of Art that ever




Portrait of Lorenzo de' Medici, by Domenico di Polo
(enlarged from the cameo in the Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris).

lived. He gathered around him all the most renowned painters,
sculptors, gem-engravers, literati and poets of his time. At his



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court at Florence, Michel Angelo essayed the first strokes of his
chisel, and many artists, amongst them, Brunelleschi and Donatello,
owed their prosperity to the protection of this enlightened Prince.

"Laurent", says Miintz (Histoire de I' Art, vol. I, p. 56), " est
1'arbitre du gout; c'est lui qui dirige 1'evolution supreme de la
Renaissance florentine, etdont les artistes ou les amateurs de 1'Italie
entiere sollicitent respectueusement les arrets ; 1'homme d'initiative
qui decouvre les talents nouveaux et 1'amateur prodigue dont les
largesses peuplent Florence de chefs-d'oeuvre. "

" Lorenzo's intellectual powers were of exceptional strength
and versatility. He could speak with equal fluency on painting,
sculpture, music, philosophy and poetry. But his crowning superior-
ity over every other Maecenas known to history lay in his active
participation in the intellectual labours that he promoted (Encycl.
Brit.}.

Lorenzode' Medici wasan enthusiastic collector,both of antiques as
well as of gems cut in his own day. The finest cameo in his collec-
tion was, perhaps, the Tazza Farnese, which is now in the museum
at Naples. Many of the gems which belonged to him, and are now
dispersed chiefly in the museums of Naples, Florence, and Paris,
bear the inscription "LAVRMED".

But not only was he by far "the most celebrated, as he was the
most powerful and the richest", says Davenport (Cameos, 1900,
p. 52), "but he was also probably a real lover and judge of first-rate
art for its own sake. He gave advice and directions to medallists
and gem-engravers, showing what keen interest he took in that
particular branch of art. Giovanni delle Corniole was one of
Lorenzo's favourite cameo-and intaglio-cutters, and one of his pupils,
Domenico di Polo, executed a fine cameo-portrait of the Prince
(illustrated), which is preserved in the Cabinet des Medailles of the
Bibliotheque nationale, Paris.

BIBLIOGRAPHY. Vide also Vol. I., Introd.

LORFELIN or L'ORFELIN. Vide DARMAND L'ORFELIN and JEAN
DARMAND dit L'ORFELIN (Vol. I, p. 336). Mint-engraver at Paris,
born about 1600; died there 6. December 1669. He became Mint-
engraver General, 1626. Vide ORPHELIN infra.

L'ORFEVRE, REMI (French). Goldsmith and Die-cutter at the Mint
of Sainte-Menehould, circ. 1394-1402.

LORIEUX, JULIEN (Frencti). Contemporary Sculptor and Medallist,
born in Paris; pupil of Alphee Dubois and Georges Lemaire. He
has been very successful, and his exhibits at the Salons since 1899
have met with approval from the best critics.

His medallic productions are not numerous. I have only noticed :
Vierge(i4mill.); Premiere Communion (Plaquette without^,.);



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St. Sebastian (/7///j/tt//ft/). The Villager and the Serpent (the last
two executed in commission for the firm of Arthus Bertrand et
Beranger, of Paris) ; Premiere Communion (Medal) ; Virgin

1 /" I'll \ S ' O

and Child, etc.




St. Sebastian.

" St. Sebastien ", observes M. Babelon, in Revue de I' Art, 1903,
II, 26, " est une excellente etude d'anatomie ; il y a de lasouplesse
dans le modele de ce grand corps renverse en arriere et perce de
fleches. "

LORION, GABRIEL NICOLAS LOUIS (French}. Contemporary Gem-
engraver, born at Paris ; pupil of Lucien Staiget. This artist
exhibited at the Salon of 1886 a sardonyx cameo representing
Herakles.

LORME, ABEL DE (French}. Director of the Mint at Perpignan,

1829-1837; distinctive mark : a bunch of grapes.

LORMIER, EDOUARD (French}. Contemporary Sculptor, born at
St. Omer in 1847; pupil of JoufFroy. By him are a number of
Portrait-medallions : 1868. V. Lormier; 1869. M lle F. Lor-
mier; 1873. C. Lormier; - - U. Lormier; 1874. M. Le
Marie des Landelles; 1888. Alfred Leroux; 1900. Plaquette
(souvenir du Palais de 1'Optique), a very pretty work.



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LORRENNE, JEHAN DE (French}. Mint-master and contractor at
Tours, clrc. 1426-1429, in conjunction with Jehan de Chante-
merle, Guillaume Le Roy and Jehan Alleaume. They struck Blancs
of Charles VII., bearing as mint-mark, a tower.

BIBLIOGRAPHY. Faivre, Etat actuel des Ateliers mone'taires fratifais.

LORRIS, GUILLAUME DE (French). Known also as GUILLERMIN,
or GUILLEMIN DE LORRIS, or DE LORRY, 1350-1371. He was
appointed Die-cutter at the Mint of Lyons, and engraved jetons
(getouers) for Louis de France, Duke of Orleans.

BIBLIOGRAPHY. Rondot, Les Graveurs de Lyon, 1897. Rondot, and De La
Tour, op. cit.

LORTHIOR, or LORTHIOIR, PIERRE JOSEPH (French). Sculptor and
Medallist, born at Lille on the 22. January 173 3, became cc Engrav-
er to the King" in 1776, and died at Paris on the 8 th of March
1813, at the age of eighty.

He is the author of a number of medals and jetons, also medal-
lions and plaquettes "ot elegant design and fine execution", and
he took part in 1791 in the competition for the coinage. He was
especially clever as an Engraver of seals and gaming counters, and
produced some good work in gems.

Lorthior signed : LORTHIOR.F. ; LORTHIOR. LOR.F. ; orLorthior.

The following medallic productions by him are described by Van
Hende : Medals and Jetons. De Caumartin, 1756 ; Due de Berry,
1761; Comte de Provence, 1771; ProcureursauChatelet, 1766
signed : LOR.); Constabulary of France, 1770; - Louis Pheli-
peaux, Comte de St. Florentin, 1778; Another, of 1770 ; -
Due de Choiseul, 1765; Marriage of the Dauphin, 1770; -
Madame la Dauphine, 1770; Comte d'Artois (later Charles X.),
1773 (118 mill.); - - Comte d'Artois, 1775; - - Academic de
Marine, 1769; - - ficole des Beaux-Arts, 1774; - - Caisse d'Es-
compte, 1776; Ordre, de St. -Louis (remis en honneur par
Louis XVI), 1779 ; Etats de la Flandre wallonne (signed :
LOR.F.); De Montbarey, 1778; Duchesse d'Aumont (sev.
var.); Charles Alexandre de Calonne, 1784; Visit to the
Paris Mint of the Princes of Lorraine, 1786 ; "Maison philanthro-
pique" of Versailles, 1786; " Maison philanthropique" of Paris,
1781 ; C. Gravier, comte de Vergennes, 1784; Sugar Refi-
neries of Bordeaux, 1786 ; The City of Bordeaux; Marquis de
Beaupreau ; Muguet-Daugeret de Montgant of Lyons, 1782
(signed : LOR.); City of Lyons (signed : LOR.F.) ; Sir James
Harris, 1786 ; Louvenie ; Ve"t6rance des Sergents; Corres-
pondance generate et gratuite pour les sciences et les arts, 1777;
- OTIUM CUM DIGNITATE, 1780; - Capitainerie royale des
chassesde la Varenne du Louvre, MDCCLXXII; Theatre de la
Salle Louvois ; Brevet d'invention ; Hunting, &c.



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Seals and Gems. Seal of Madame la Dauphine (2 var.) ; Seal of the
Comte d'Artois; Seal of Queen Marie Antoinette of France,




Obv. of Pattern Ecu of Louis XVI., 1796, by Lorthior.

1774; Seal of the Due d'Orleans (ex. MDCCLXXXII. LOR-
THIOR IN ET S); Signet, PRUDENCE SUCCES; - Various
other private signets.




Repentir, Plaquette by P. Lorthior.



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Coins. Pattern of ty,. ot Louis XVI. Double Louis of 48 livres,
1786; - - Pattern of fyL. of 20 Sols, 1785; Pattern ofobv. ot
Louis XVI. bcu, 1791 (illustrated); Obsidional Bon pour
40 Sols a echanger en Assignats par Dairolant et Comp. 1'an 4 de
la Lib. 1792; Pattern 5 Decimes, an 8 (2 var.); Pattern
2 Decimes, an 8 (signed : LOR F.).

Plaquettes. Recompense et Punition (119X99 mill.);
Seduction; Repentir (illustrated}; - - Prudence (signed : LOR-
THIOR AN 1805); - Succes.

Lorthior wrote in 1791 a Memoire on the manufacture of assi-
gnats which he addressed to the Assemblee nationale.

BIBLIOGRAPHY. Ed. van Hende, P. Lortbior et son ocuvre, Lille, 1898. -
N. Rondot and H. De La Tour, Les McdaiUeurs et ks Graveurs de monnaies en
France, Paris, 1904. Bulletin de numismatique, 1898, p. 77. Revue beige
de numismatique, 1877, p. 310.

LOSCH, FRANZ XAVER or JOSEPH (Germ.}. Medallist, born in
1770 at Amberg, died in 1826; pupil of J. G. Whitska. He resided
at Munich, and, says Bolzenthal, "was much employed by the
Bavarian Court, and one of the first who in Germany exercised the
art in fine taste and after the example of the French in the old
style. His numerous productions prove this; they chiefly refer to
events in the reign of King Maximilian Joseph."

He was appointed Chief-engraver at the Mint of Munich in 1808.
In 1810 he visited Paris.

Amongst Losch's medals I may mention : Death of Celestin
Steiglehner, last Prince Abbot of St. Ernmeran's Benedictine Institu-
tion at Ratisbon, 1819; Presentation Medal of the States of
Bavaria to King Maximilian Joseph on the first Anniversary of the
Constitution, 1819; - 2) th Anniversary of Max-Joseph's Reign,
1824; Marriage of Prince Frederick William of Prussia with
Princess Elizabeth Louise of Bavaria, 16. November 1823 (L. by
Stiglmaier); Marriage of the Emperor Francis II. with Princess
Caroline of Bavaria, 1816; Death of Prince Maximilian Joseph,
1803 ; Medal of Merit, 1801 ; - Restoration of the Kingdom
of Bavaria, 1806 (2 var.); Medal of Merit (Der Tapferkcit) ;
Another (Dem Verdienste, &c.); Peace of Tilsit, 1807; Jeton
(seated philosopher); Medal of the Academy of Sciences;
Others (4 var. (a) Minerva standing ;(b)MERENTI; (c) INGEKIO
ET INDUSTRIA;(d) OB MILITES, &c.); Wiirzburg Polytech-
nic School; Inauguration of the Royal Mint, 1809; The
Bridge over the Isar, 1814; - - Visit of Alexander I. of Russia to
Munich, 1815 ; - - Visit of Francis I. of Austria, 1815 ; Soolen-
teigung Berchtesgaden, 1817; - " Sanftmuth " ; - Lion Monu-
ment ofVilshofen, 1823; - Various Proclamation Medals, 1824,
of Munich, Memmingen, Sonnthofen, Landshut, &c. ; Jeton of



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1824 ; Laying of the foundation stone of the Synagogue at Munich,
1824; Rebuilding of the K. Hoftheater, 1824; ''The fine
Fountain" at iMunich, 1824; Visit of the Archduke Francis
Charles to the Royal Mint, 1824; - Visit of Prince John of
Saxony to the Royal Mint, 1824; Medals of celebrated Men
(for the Durand Series); Portrait-medal of Queen Karoline
Friederike Wilhelmine; Visit of the Crown Prince Ludwig I. of
Bavaria to Innsbruck, 1810; Laying of the foundation stone of
the Glyptothek at Munich, 1816 ; King Ludwig of Bavaria-
Another ; fy. RERVM COGNOSCERE CAVSAS; Marriage of
the Crown Prince Ludwig with Princess Therese Caroline of Saxe-
Altenburg, 1810; - Eugene de Beauharnais, Vice-Roy of Italy,
1824; Maximilian I., Duke of Bavaria, 1821 ; Fountain of
Nuremberg, 1829 ; The Pantheon of Rome; The Academy
of Bavaria, &c.

Losch, who always signed his medals : LOSCH, is given the
Christian name of JOSEPH by Kull, and the period of his activity
at Munich is placed between 1802 and 1826.

BIBLIOGRAPHY. Bolzenthal, op. cit. Menadier, op. cit. Sale Catalogites.
Kull, Repertoriiim ^iir Miin^kitnde Bayerns, Munchen, 1900.

LOSCH, JOSEPH JUNK(Gf/>;/.). A son of the last, was born at
Munich, 1804; also a Medallist, died at Munich, in 1843. He
became Chief Medallist to the Munich Mint in 1834, and executed
many interesting medals of fine workmanship.

BIBLIOGRAPHY. Kull, op. cit. Beierlein, op. cit., IV, n 75. Singer,
Allgcmeines Kimstlcr Lex ikon, 1898.

LOSE, ALBRECHT (Germ.). Mint-master at Wiesbaden, 1560.

LOSEN (Germ.). I have met with the signature : LOSEN F. on a
medal of Francis II., Emperor of Austria, 1813.

LOSSIER, EDOUARD (Swiss). Designer of numerous Swiss medals,
struck during the last twenty years at Geneva, and engraved by
H. Bovy, C. Richard, G. Hantz and others. They mostly commem-
orate local events of Geneva.

BIBLIOGRAPHY. Bulletin et Revue snisses de numismatique, 1882-1902.

LOTH, JOHANN JOSEF (Bohcm). Mint-engraver at Prague, 1717.
A Thaler of that date (Joachimsthal Miningthaler) bears his ini-
tial L., and has on obv. a laur. bust of the Emperor Charles VI.

LOTHEBDRY, RICHARD DE (Brit.'). Mint- master at St. Edmunds-
bury, under Edward I.

LOTTARD, FOURNIER (French}. Mint-engraver at Valenciennes,
circ. 1434.



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LOTTIN, ANTOINE FRANCOIS (French"). Coin-engraver and engi-
neer, born at Paris on 23. September, 1740, died at Orleans,
6. February 1808. I have been unable to trace any other particulars
concerning this artist.

BIBLIOGRAPHY. Chavignerie et Auvray, op. cit.

LOUGH (Brit.}. Designer of a Portrait-medal of Edward Forbes,
engraved by L. C. Wyon, in 1854.

LOUIS (French*). Engraver at Paris, circ. 1670-1675. He is the
author of some jetons of the city of Paris.

LOUIS, HUBERT NOEL (French}. Contemporary Sculptor, born at
St. Omer (Pas-de-Calais) on the I st of April 1839 ; pupil of Jouffroy.
By him are Portrait-medallions cast in bronze : Abbe Derguesse,
1867; = M rae L. B*** (medallion in silver), 1869; Abbe Binet
(med. in silver), 1873; President Quenson, 1875; M. B***,
1877; &c. His productions in sculpture and statuary are both
numerous and important.

BIBLIOGRAPHY. Chavignerie et Auvray, op. cit.

LOUIZI (/to/.). Medallist of the first half of the nineteenth cen-
tury, who worked for Durand's series. His signature, LOUIZI F.
occurs on a Portrait-medal of Pasquale de' Paoli, the Corsican
patriot, on his death at London, 1807 (published in 1844).

BIBLIOGRAPHY D r F. P. Weber, op. cit., p. 118.

LOUP, ANTOINE (French}. Goldsmith of Lyons, was employed as
Die-cutter at the Mint there. On 14. September 1429 he was
appointed Engraver to the Mints of Romans, Montelimar and Cre-
mieu, and he remained in office until his death in 1433.

BIBLIOGRAPHY. Rondot, Graveurs lyonnais. Rondot and De La Tour,
op. cit., p. 145.

LOURS, COLIN (French). Goldsmith and Seal-engraver of Arras,
circ. 1387, who worked for the Comte de Nevers.
BIBLIOGRAPHY. Lecoy de la Marche. Les Sceaux, Paris, 1889.

LOUVET, JACQUES (French}. Mint-master at Saint-L6, 1522-
1523.

LOUVIERS, JACQUES DE (French}. Mint-master at Paris, circ.
1535. There is a jeton with his arms, engraved by Guillaume
Feuret.

LOVETT, GEORGE HAMPDEN (Amer.}. Medallist, born at Philadel-
phia, February 14, 1824, died at Brooklyn, January 28, 1894.
The following particulars of this Engraver's life are borrowed



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from Mr. W. E. Weeks' obituary notice mAmer. Journ. of Numis-
matics, April 1894, p. 104.

" When still an infant, Lovett's father moved to New York,
and there the artist spent the greater part of his life. His father,
Robert Lovett, and his brothers JohnD., and Robert, all of whom
he outlived, were die-sinkers. After giving George a common
school education, his father took him into his employ, at the age
of sixteen, to Itarn the art of engraving and die-sinking. He spent
the rest of his life at that business, in New York City, and during
the last twenty-five years, he resided in Brooklyn.

"In March 1873, he issued a circular, in which he claimed
" that medal die-sinking is a distinct branch of art " ; thus showing
his own high estimate of the possibilities of his profession. He
thought " competition for national coins and medals should be
thrown open to all ". Solomon said, " Of making many books
there is no end ". If he could have seen the hundreds (shall we say
thousands) of medals, to which G. H. Lovett stood sponsor, he
certainly would have included medals also in his ejaculation. As
one of his friends somew r hat mildly expresses it, " he was prolific".
He certainly was.

"In his advertisement, in April 1879, in the American Journal of
Xiimismatics, which continued in the Journal, without change,
until October, 1890, he referred to but four of his patrons by
name, Hamilton College of the City of New York, the American
Institute, and the Whiting Manufacturing Company. He announced
as on hand, for sale, the issues of Mr. Wood's series and of the
Xc\v York Medal Club. He advertised to design and execute Medals
for Societies, Schools and Colleges, and promised particular atten-
tion to Political Tokens and Commemorative Historical Medals and
Numismatic Series.

" Lovett kept no list of his productions, many of which he
donated to the American Numismatic and Archaeological Society.
His medals tell the story of the Centennial Exposition, Philadelphia,
1876; the World's Industrial and Cotton Centennial Exposition,
New Orleans, 1885 ; the North, Central and South American
Exposition, New Orleans, 1886; - - the Piedmont Exposition,
Atlanta, 1887; ~~ tne American Exhibition, London, 1887; -
and the World's Columbian Exposition, Chicago, 1893. Numisma-
tic, Historical, and Agricultural Societies, Colleges and Schools, and
the Social Clubs, American and foreign, the Masons, Odd Fellows,
Grand Army, National Guard, firemen and politicians have sought
his aid, time and time again.

" His work commemorates the battles and principal events of the
Revolution and the Civil War, the erection of statues and monu-
ments, and the dedication of cathedrals, churches and public or

L. FORRER. Biographical Notices of Medallists. III.



historic buildings. Medals were designed by him to celebrate
events abroad as well as at home. He cut the dies for the coins of
Honduras, and for the plantation or hacienda currency on the Island
of Cuba. The Lord's Prayer, on a diameter of less than half an
inch, he cut without the aid of a reducing machine.

"His membership in the American Numismatic and Archaeolo-
gical Society dates from December 23, 1867. He engraved the
plate for the printing of certificates of membership, and cut the
dies for the striking of membership medals of the Society in
1876.

" He was married three times. His first wife was Sarah Basmore.
He married his third wife, Mary A. Turzanski, September 7, 1868.
She survives him, with three children, Mary Emma Lovett, Robert
Lovett, and Joseph P. Lovett.





Medalet of George Washington, by G. H. Lovett.

" His last illness was but short, but he had been in failing health
for several years. He had a press at his house, where he could
work quietly and without interruption. Only a short time before
his death, he brought home a gold planchet to strike, and told his
wife he should spend the afternoon at home striking the medal.
When night came, he said, with evident feeling, that he was too
feeble to undertake the work, and he should have to get some one
else to do it. Death had set his seal upon him! He died of nervous

grostration, January 28, 1894, at h* 5 residence, No. 26. Irving Place,
rooklyn".

Among the works of G. H. Lovett which have come under my
notice, I may mention : Series of 16 Portrait-Medalets of U.S.A.
Presidents, from Washington (illustrated) to Lincoln (some signed :
G. H. LOVETT ; G.H.L. ; and GHL NY ; others unsigned) ; Several
medals of Washington ; D r E. K. Kane (3 var.); D r Valentine
Mott, Med. Dep 1 of University of New York ; St. John's Float-
ing Hospital, New York; Washington Kranken-Unterstiitzung's
Vereiri ; Dedication of the Masonic Temple in New York, June



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1875 ; Benjamin Franklin ; - - The Olive Branch Lodge, 1877 ;
- Lake City Lodge ; - - Hopkins Lodge, Black Jacques Grove,
Texas; - Holland Lodge, State of New York; - - Solomon's



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