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Plaque medal: The Dawn of the Victory, 1921

  • bronze
  • 55.5 x 70.7 mm
  • Inv. 1921-Q

Public Domain

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This plaque is the last in the series issued by the Société Hollandaise-Belge des Amis de la Médaille d'Art. The society subsequently split into a Dutch and a Belgian section. The medal commemorates the suffering, both physical and mental, of the Belgian population during World War I and praises the strength to persevere until victory. This is evident on the reverse with a verse by the poet Valère Gilles. The obverse depicts an older man and a little girl, perhaps a grandfather with his granddaughter, sitting close together on a bench. The grandfather points to the rising sun in the horizon.


Godfried Devreese RKD
Courtrai 1861 - Ixelles 1941

Alphonse Michaux RKD
Brussels 1860 - Brussels 1928
workshop / studio

Title Plaque medal: The Dawn of the Victory
Date 1921
Period 20th century
Location Belgium TGN
Signatures, inscriptions, and markings signatures (names) at the front, below
title at the front, lower right: à L'Aube de la Victoire
inscription and monogram on the reverse: Notre angoisse n'est plus qu'un rêve, / O cher enfant de mon enfant; / Ce soleil qui dore la grève / C'est la Victoire qui se lève / D'un grand coup d'aile triomphant ! / Valère Gille
Collection medals AAT
Object type commemorative medals AAT
plaques (flat objects) AAT
Inventory number 1921-Q
Acquisition credit gift
Société Hollandaise-Belge des Amis de la Médaille d'Art
IIIF Manifest
Art & Architecture Thesaurus 300189808 figures (representations) AAT
Keywords Iconclass 24A sun as celestial body Iconclass
24A11 dawn Iconclass
31A235 sitting figure Iconclass
31A71 male sex; man Iconclass
31AA235 sitting figure - AA - female human figure Iconclass
31D11222 girl (child between toddler and youth) Iconclass
31D130 Maidenhood Iconclass
31D16 old man Iconclass
41A723 bench Iconclass
42B751 grandparent(s) with grandchild(ren) (family group) Iconclass
42G223 grandchildren (second degree family relationships) Iconclass
45A1 war Iconclass
46C11 road, path Iconclass
54F2 Victory Iconclass
61I(WORLD WAR I) names of historical events and situations (WORLD WAR I) Iconclass
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