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Reference:3964 The Pingo Family and Medal Making in Eighteenth-Century Britain, by Christopher Eimer, 1998
Published by the British Art Medal Trust. Stiff card covers, 21 x 29.5 cm. 96 pp., 236 entries, all illustrated.
Condition: As new.
This book overturns the established view of the Pingos as Italians coming over to Britain in the 1740s. In so doing, it provides firm evidence of them actively engaged as clockmakers and engravers in London in the 1680s, and it suggests that the family had provincial English origins. It traces four additional generations of Pingos, and includes a catalogue of all their known work, which numbers over two hundred medals, coins, waxes, models and drawings. Of particular prominence amongst the Pingos is Thomas Jr, who is believed to be the first medallist in Britain to establish his own private manufactory for the making of medals. Hitherto, they had been struck largely at the Mint. The price to include postage and packing within the United Kingdom is £23; elsewhere in Europe and the rest of the world, £26.