'John Charles Robinson Medal'
Cast by Alan Dunn
Patinated cast bronze
Museum no. A.5-2002
© Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Commissioned by the V&A with funding from an anonymous donor
Surface treatments greatly affect our appreciation of a medal. Here Powell has applied a copper nitrate solution, under heat, to give a greenish-blue patination (a chemical alteration of a metal surface, resulting in a change of colour). Unusually, she has left the edge unpatinated. Instead, she has polished it and stamped it with Robinson's full name and dates, adding also the cryptic message 'From Few to Many'.