Regarding Dick Johnson's essay on what to call an artist who creates coins or medals, Harry Waterson writes:
I found your E-sylum article very informative. It is a problem I have been wrestling with vis-a-vis Julio Kilenyi. I found this in an interview with Kilenyi in the Dec. 25th, 1937 issue of THE NEW YORKER. The interviewer ended his profile on this note:
Mr. Kilenyi regrets that there is no adequate English word to describe his calling. In French there is "medailleur," but in English "medallist" is generally taken to mean a winner of medals, which he thinks peculiar.
In this vein, I have wondered if your publication THE ART MEDALIST was your attempt to add a new word to the language. Your editorial in the first issue did not explain the derivation of the title. However, the caption to the picture on the front page offered a clue. Frank Elescu and Mico Kaufman were identified as sculptors and William T. Louth, President of Medallic Art Co. as a medalist. So context identified Louth as the maker of the medal after the sculptors were done.
To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see: VOCABULARY WORDS: WHAT DO YOU CALL A COIN OR MEDAL ARTIST? (www.coinbooks.org/esylum_v12n26a12.html)
Wayne Homren, Editor
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