FORBES, Alexander (1802-1839), Scottish artist. ROYAL SCOTTISH ACADEMY medal. Bronze medal, impressed on the rim "ALEXANDER FORBES ELECTED ASSOCIATE MDCCCXXX". 68mm, in its original gilt embossed case (hinge repaired) with deep blue velvet lining. Eimer 1323. EF.
The Royal Scottish Academy of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture, was founded in 1826, and became the Royal Scottish Academy upon the granting of its Royal Charter in 1838. This fine medal was engraved by B.Wyon after designs by Sir Joseph Noel Paton RSA. It was awarded retrospectively (probably to his family) in memory of Alexander Forbes, one of the Academy's early Associates, elected in 1830. Forbes was born in Aberdeen, and taught art in Edinburgh. He quickly became a highly skilled painter of animals in oils, becoming known as the 'Landseer of the north'. He died prematurely aged 37, but had 64 paintings exhibited at the RSA.