France / Great Britain, Pierre Leone Ghezzi, large bronze medal 1978, by Ronald Searle, 87mm, rare
Obv: profile bust left of Ghezzi (incuse design)
Rev: Ghezzi having an audience with Pope Benedict XIV, the Pope holding open a book revealing a Ghezzi drawing of him, PIER LEONE GHEZZI 1674-1755 at top, PREMIER CARICATURISTE PROFESSIONNEL at bottom (incuse design)
Condition: Good very fine; Diameter: 87mm
Notes: This was one of six medals Searle did for the Monnaie de Paris as a series on caricaturists. Pier Leone Ghezzi (28 June 1674 – 6 March 1755) was an Italian Rococco painter and caricaturist active in Rome. Searle himself was a famous illustrator, a claim to fame being illustrating the 'St Trinians' books...