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A brass medal which commemorates John Wilkes's election as an MP for Middlesex in 1768. The obverse is inscribed 'IOHANNES WILKES' and features a bust of the politician; the reverse depicts Cupid holding a quill and a staff with cap of liberty, with the accompanying inscriptions: 'GENIUS OF LIBERTY' and 'ELECTED KNIGHT OF THE SHIRE FOR MIDDLESEX MDCCLXVIII'.

The British Museum; Museum number: M.4744

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Candidate: John Wilkes
Constituency: Middlesex
date: 1768
date: c1768
Election: Mar-1768
keyword: Medal
keyword: Metalwork
maker: J. Westwood (Designer)
materials: Brass
place: Middlesex