The Great Exhibition 1851 Exhibitors Certificate.
Certificate presented to Janet Copland. United Kingdom, Class XX No.146. Exhibition of the Work of Industry of All Nations, 1851 ('The Great Exhibition). Hyde Park, London. 15th October 1851.
A large certificate on heavy paper. 51.5 cms x 35 cms (20.5 x 14 inches). Circular engraved cartouche designed by George Thomas Doo and engraved by William Dyce and engravings of the exhibitors medal, designed by William Wyon, which was presented with the certificate.
Central fold with slight edge tears. Some mounting residue along fold line on verso where the certificate had once been bound into a large album.
These certificates were given to all exhibitors, each accompanied by a medal. A number of the bronze medals have survived but the engraved certificates are surprisingly scarce.
Provenance: From a 19th century collection compiled by the family of Dr James Copland F.R.S. (1791-1870), the noted Scottish physician and writer on medicine.