WALPOLE, Hon. Caroline (1765-1841). ARTS AND COMMERCE PROMOTED MEDAL Instituted 1754. Gold medal, engraved on the reverse "TO THE HONBLE MISS WALPOLE FOR A DRAWING MDCCLXXX N.CXXXIV". Diameter 43mm, 45gms, EF. Eimer 648. Extremely rare. Comes in a modern medal box.
The Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce was founded in 1754, and in 1908 became the Royal Society of Arts (RSA). From 1756 the Society offered prizes ("Honorary Premiums") as medals in gold and silver to people who could successfully achieve one of a number of published challenges. Honorary Premiums for Drawing were awarded in a category to 'young ladies, daughters, or grand-daughters, of peers or peeresses, in their own right, of Great Britain or Ireland' for ‘ the best drawings of any kind, made with chalk, black lead, pen, Indian ink’.
In 1780 this gold medal ‘For a drawing’ was awarded to the Honourable Miss Caroline Walpole, who went on to receive further medals from the Society for drawing - silver in 1781 and 1782, and another gold medal in 1783. Caroline Walpole was the daughter of the Hon. Richard Walpole MP (nephew of the British Prime Minister Sir Robert Walpole) and Margaret Vanneck, who in 1787 married the Reverend Hon. George Henry Nevill (1760-1844), son of George Nevill, 1st Earl of Abergavenny and Henrietta Pelham, by whom she had four children. Caroline is found in the 1841 census (the year of her death) at Eridge Castle, Frant, Sussex, seat of her brother-in-law Henry Nevill, 2nd Earl of of Abergavenny.