CANADA Quebec 1924, Hon. Cyrille F. Delage, Superintendent of Public Schools for Quebec, 50mm silver medal 67.7 grams by J. Bailleul
Obverse: HON. CYRILLE F. DELAGE, SURINTDT DE L'INSTRON PUBLIQUE around bust of Delage //
Reverse: DEPARTMENT DE L'INSTRUCTION PUBLIQUE / QUEBEC around central arms with wreath, JE ME SOUVIENS / 1924 on ribbon at base of wreath
Edge: BIRKS STIRLING
Cyrille-Fraser Delâge, CMG (May 1, 1869 – November 27, 1957) was a notary and political figure in Quebec. He represented Québec-Comté in the Legislative Assembly of Quebec from 1901 to 1916 as a Liberal. Delâge was Speaker of the Legislative Assembly from 1912 to 1916.
He was born in Quebec City, Quebec, the son of Jean Baptiste Delâge and Marie Emma-Elmire Fraser. Delâge was educated at the Séminaire de Québec and the Université Laval, qualified as a notary in 1892 and entered practice with his father. In 1894, he married Marie-Célina-Alice Brousseau. From 1936 to 1939, he was president of the Chamber of Notaries.
Delâge was first elected to the Quebec assembly in a 1901 by-election held after Némèse Garneau was named to the Legislative Council. He resigned his seat in the provincial assembly after he was named superintendent of public schools for Quebec.
He was president of the Saint-Jean-Baptiste Society of Quebec in 1909 and 1910. Delâge also served as president of La Société du Parler Français from 1922 to 1924 and was president of the Quebec Geographical Society from 1925 to 1940. He was named a chevalier in the French Légion d'honneur and a companion in the Order of St Michael and St George in 1935.
Jean Bailleul (1878-1949) Born in Lille, France was a student at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris , under Louis-Ernest Barrias , Jules-Félix Coutan and Edgar Boutry . He made his debut in 1901 at the Salon des Artistes français .
Member of the Society of French Artists , he obtained an honorable mention at the Salon of French Artists in 1907. Around 1914, he became an art teacher in Quebec but soon after arriving in Canada had to leave to serve during the First World War . He did not return to Canada until 1920 and then founded the École des beaux-arts in Quebec, of which he became director in 1924 through until June 1929.
I have added an enlargement of his signature as others have suggested that this piece is actually the work of Joseph Brulieau. In Robert C. Willey's, Dictionary of Canadian Medallists, he references that the Quebec Département de l'Instruction Publique medals as being the work of Bailleul.