GREAT BRITAIN / FRANCE World War I, Anglo-French, the Deliverance of Lille by the British, 1918, 67.7mm Bronze Medal, by Henri Dropsy,

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GREAT BRITAIN / FRANCE World War I, Anglo-French, the Deliverance of Lille by the British, 1918, 67.7mm Bronze Medal 137 grams by Henri Dropsy,


Obverse: General Birdwood leans from his horse to present the personification of Lille with the French flag, LILLE DÉLIVRÉ PAR ANGLAIS 17 OCTOBRE 1918 ÉCHANGE DES DRAPEAUX / HENRY DROPSY

Reverse: the city square, legend below, THIS FLAG WAS CARRIED BY THE GENERAL COMMANDING THE 5TH BRITISH ARMY DURING THE OPERATION WHICH LED TO THE THE DELIVRANCE [sic] OF LILLE PRESENTED TO THE CITY BY GENERAL SIR W. R. BIRDWOOD K.C.B., K.C.S.I., K.C.M.G., C.I.E. D.S.O. INSCRIPTION GRAVÉE SUR LA HAMPE DU FANION DONNE A LA VILLE

Field Marshal William Riddell Birdwood, 1st Baron Birdwood, GCB, GCSI, GCMG, GCVO, CIE, DSO (1865-1951).

Henri Dropsy (1885-1969) was a Parisian born medallist. Henri Dropsy studied at the École des Beaux-Arts beginning in 1900, learning first from his father Jean-Baptiste Émile Dropsy. He then studied under Émile Thomas, Frédéric Vernon, Jean-Antoine Injalbert, and Auguste Patey.

In 1930 Dropsy became a professor and for 25 years director of the department of medal art at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris. In 1942, he was admitted to the Académie des Beaux-Arts. After the war, the Paris mint eventually honored his work. In 1947, he was a professor for one year at the École des Beaux-Arts in Cairo, Egypt. His father Jean-Baptiste Émile had also been a medalist, and his brother Lucien Emile (1886-1915), who died in World War I, was a sculptor and medalist..