Isaac Newton and the Medals for Queen Anne

  title={Isaac Newton and the Medals for Queen Anne},
  author={Joseph Hone},
  journal={Huntington Library Quarterly},
  pages={119 - 148}
  • J. Hone
  • Published 24 March 2016
  • Art
  • Huntington Library Quarterly
During the reign of Queen Anne, medals became an established vessel for government propaganda. Medal designs were tightly regulated by ministry officials. As master of the Mint, Isaac Newton was responsible for Anne’s medallic policy. A vast array of materials, ranging from polemical pamphlets to satirical verse, testify to the political impact of Newton’s medals. Contrary to portrayals of Newton as an aloof scholar whose job at the Mint was a sinecure, this essay argues that Newton was alive… 
1 Citations
The science of money: Isaac Newton's mastering of the Mint
This article uses the records at the Royal Mint to explore how Isaac Newton worked with metal beyond his alchemical and natural philosophical pursuits. It demonstrates how institutional paperwork can


Politicising Praise: Panegyric and the Accession of Queen Anne
This essay argues for the importance of panegyric verse as a propagandist force in the early eighteenth century. Anne Stuart's accession in 1702 marked a major shift in the political landscape. Poets
Rebranding Rule: The Restoration and Revolution Monarchy, 1660-1714
In the climactic part of his three-book series exploring the importance of public image in the Tudor and Stuart monarchies, Kevin Sharpe employs a remarkable interdisciplinary approach that draws on
Robert Harley and the Press: Propaganda and Public Opinion in the Age of Swift and Defoe
Part I. 1689-1708: 1. The propaganda of court and country 2. The paper war of 1701 3 Harley and Defoe 4. The Memorial of the Church of England (1705): a case study Part II. 1708-1714: 5. The tort'
Pen for a Party: Dryden's Tory Propaganda in Its Contexts
Exploring the political climate during the final years of the reign of Charles II, when John Dryden wrote his great public poems and several of his dramatic works, Phillip Harth sheds new light on
Pope and the Destiny of the Stuarts: History, Politics, and Mythology in the Age of Queen Anne
Introduction 1. Setting 2. Biography 3. Politics 4. The Queen 5. Windsor 6. The War and the Peace 7. Classical and Renaissance Literature 8. Later Literary Contexts Conclusion: Death in Arcady
Harleian Georgic from Tonson's Press: The Publication of John Philips's Cyder, 29 January 1708
Miltonic style of blank verse that flourished in the eighteenth century from Thomson’s The Seasons to Cowper’s The Task. Cyder is the first of the British blank-verse georgics, the first work to
The politics of opera in late seventeenth-century London
To what degree does late seventeenth-century English opera contain politics? Some recent critics have assumed that political commentary conveyed by allegory is a pervasive feature of ‘Restoration’
Antiquarianism and the Visual Histories of Louis XIV: Artifacts for a Future Past
Contents: Introduction: medals and the material turn in the king's history Antiquarianism at court The Petite Academie and the histoire metallique of Louis XIV The Cabinet des Medailles at Versailles
Selling the Tudor Monarchy: Authority and Image in Sixteenth-Century England
The management of image in the service of power is a familiar tool of twenty-first- century politics. Yet as long ago as the sixteenth century, British monarchs deployed what we might now describe as
Dryden, Bower, Castlemaine, and the Imagery of Revolution, 1682–1687
In 1683, when details of the Rye House Plot emerged, there was a sharp swing of public opinion against the Whigs, who had held the political initiative in England since 1678. The original plot had