Val Prinsep, The Distribution of Art Prizes: Scholars Receiving Laurels

Val Prinsep, The Distribution of Art Prizes: Scholars Receiving Laurels

Prize-giving ceremonies were depicted in two elongated lunettes, commissioned in 1869 when the gallery was extended. Val Prinsep’s painting The Distribution of Art Prizes even includes a portrait of the Museum’s first director Henry Cole, third from the right, in what is otherwise an Italian Renaissance setting – symbolic of the school’s ambitions.