This extremely rare gilt metal miniature portrait medallion was produced in England during the 19th century, circa 1810. The gilt metal plaque depicts John William Fletcher, Vicar of Madely, who was born ‘Jean Guillaume de la Fléchère’ (b 1729 – d 1785). This is an incredible item that has been produced to the highest quality.
John William Fletcher, Vicar of Madely, was a Swiss-born English divine and Methodist leader. Of French Huguenot stock, he was born in Nyon in Vaud, Switzerland and initially wanted to pursue a career in the military like his father. Following an accident Fletcher changed career paths and emigrated to England in 1750 without the permission of his parents to became an Anglican vicar. He began to work with John Wesley, becoming a key interpreter of Wesleyan theology in the 18th century and one of Methodism's first great theologians.
This is a rare and important plaque. The plaque is housed behind convex glass in its original unopened papier mache frame complete with its original top hanger. The top hanger of the open bible radiating under a crown is stunning. The frame is also complete with its original backing paper which has never been opened. What an incredible artwork this is. The plaque features the ‘M & P’ mark for the celebrated medal designers and engravers Nathaniel Marchant (b 1739 – d 1816) Lewis Pingo (b 1743 – d 1833).
The plaque was produced in small numbers to commemorate the most important Methodist figures, John Wesley, Charles Wesley and John William Fletcher. This is one of our favourite miniatures. The quality is incredible.
Measuring: Frame width 4.25 inch (10.5 cm) by height 10 3/8 inch (11 cm). Aperture diameter 2 inch (5 cm).
Condition: Very good.
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RARE Miniature Portrait Medallion Methodist John William Fletcher by Nathaniel Marchant and Lewis Pingo C 1810 Huguenot
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