TYRER, Joseph Seddon (1843-1883), artist. Science and Art Department. Queen's Medal 1856. National Medal for Success in Art, bronze medal, engraved around the rim "JOSEPH SEDDON TYRER NOTTINGHAM STAGE 15 1878" 55mm. Eimer 1511. VF, a few corrosion spots, knock on reverse upper left, and a few scratches around year date on obverse. In its original leather covered case (marked), embossed with the Queens cypher, and "Science and Art Department". The medal comes with copies of census returns detailing the Tyrer family 1851-1881.
Joseph Seddon Tyrer was a Nottinghamshire watercolour artist who painted landscapes and buildings (especially churches) of his local area. He was born in Wendover, Buckinghamshore in 1843, the son of schoolmaster Richard Tyrer and Phoebe Seddon (married 1837), both from Lancashire. Initially apprenticed to a bookseller, Joseph afterwards became a practicing artist in his 20s and in 1878 aged 35 married Alice Maude Coles, with whom he made a family home in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, where their son Alfred William Tyrer was born in 1879. Examples of Joseph Tyrer's watercolour paintings can be found in the collections of Nottingham City Council.