Dora de Pedery-Hunt

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Dora de Pédery-Hunt, CM OOnt (16 November 1913 – 29 September 2008) was a Hungarian-Canadian sculptor who designed medals and coins. She was the first Canadian citizen to design an effigy for Queen Elizabeth II.[1]

Life[edit]

Dora de Pédery was born in Budapest, Hungary 16 November 1913. She trained at the Royal School of Fine and Applied Arts in Budapest, receiving a Masters Diploma in Sculpture in 1943.[2] After German forces occupied Hungary in March 1944, her family decided to flee west, fearing the Soviet advance from the east. They arrived in Hannover not long before its fall to the Allied forces.[3]

Five years later, through the sponsorship of Major Thomas S. Chutter, she immigrated to Canada.[4]

She died from colorectal cancer in Toronto, Ontario on 29 September 2008.[3]

Work[edit]

Maybe, after all, these limitations are necessary. I welcome these odds - my medals are the result of a good fight against them - and at the end at least I can look back on a bravely fought battle.

— Dora de Pédery-Hunt[3]

In 1963, she was elected to the Ontario Society of Artists.[5] She was a founding member of the Canadian Portrait Academy and the Medallic Art Society of Canada. [6] On numerous occasions, she represented Canada as a Delegate to the International Art Medal Federation FIDEM. She was elected to the Sculptors Society of Canada. [7] She was a member of Royal Canadian Academy of Arts.[8] She taught sculpture at the Ontario College of Art[9]

She created the effigy of Queen Elizabeth II that was used on Canadian coinage in 1990.[10]

Her medal design of Sir Donald Alexander Smith was used by Canada Post as a six cent postage stamp.[11] Two of her portraits of Dr. Frances Loring are in the collection of the National Gallery of Canada.[12]

Royal Canadian Mint coins[edit]

Besides the effigy of Queen Elizabeth II, various Royal Canadian Mint gold coins with a face value of one hundred dollars were designed.

Year Theme Finish Mintage Issue Price
1976 Olympic Commemorative Proof 650,000[13] $105.00
1976 Olympic Commemorative (22k) Proof 350,000 $150.00
1986 International Year of Peace Proof 76,255[14] $325.00

Notable medallions[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Cross, W.K. (2006). Canadian Coins, A Charlton Standard Catalogue (60th ed.). Toronto, Ontario: The Charlton Press. p. 75. ISBN 0-88968-297-6. 
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-10-13. Retrieved 2008-10-29. 
  3. ^ a b c Martin, Sandra (4 October 2008). "Sculptor who loved making medals put the Queen on Canada's coinage". Globe and Mail. Retrieved 15 September 2013. 
  4. ^ http://data4.collectionscanada.ca/netacgi/nph-brs?s1=&s2=&s3=138&l=20&Sect4=AND&Sect1=IMAGE&Sect2=THESOFF&Sect5=BIPHPEN&Sect6=HITOFF&d=BIPH&p=1&u=http://www.collectionscanada.ca/02/02015502_e.html&r=1&f=G
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-10-13. Retrieved 2008-10-29. 
  6. ^ Canadian Coin News, November 11, 2008, p.10, Trajan Publishing
  7. ^ Canadian Coin News, November 11, 2008, p.10, Trajan Publishing
  8. ^ "Members since 1880". Royal Canadian Academy of Arts. Archived from the original on 26 May 2011. Retrieved 11 September 2013. 
  9. ^ http://www.cansculpt.org/memberDetails.php?id=27&fn=%20Dora&ln=de%20Pedery-Hunt
  10. ^ A Charlton Standard Catalogue, Canadian Coins, 60th Edition, 2006, p.75, Edited by W.K. Cross, The Charlton Press, Toronto, Ontario, ISBN 0-88968-297-6
  11. ^ http://data4.collectionscanada.ca/netacgi/nph-brs?s1=0518&l=20&d=POST&p=1&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.collectionscanada.ca%2Farchivianet%2F020117%2F020117030203_e.html&r=1&f=G&SECT3=POST
  12. ^ http://www.cansculpt.org/memberDetails.php?id=27&fn=%20Dora&ln=de%20Pedery-Hunt
  13. ^ A Charlton Standard Catalogue, Canadian Coins, 60th Edition, 2006, p.372, Edited by W.K. Cross, The Charlton Press, Toronto, Ontario, ISBN 0-88968-297-6
  14. ^ A Charlton Standard Catalogue, Canadian Coins, 60th Edition, 2006, p.375, Edited by W.K. Cross, The Charlton Press, Toronto, Ontario, ISBN 0-88968-297-6
  15. ^ Canadian Coin News, November 11, 2008, p.10, Trajan Publishing
  16. ^ The Charlton Standard Catalogue of the Canadian Numismatic Association’s Medals and Awards, p.54, R. Brian Cornwell, The Charlton Press, Toronto, Ontario, ISBN 0-88968-100-7
  17. ^ http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20081014.OBIREM14-2//TPStory/Obituaries

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