RGM medallists



House in the Ville Basse, Geneva

Copyright: Eugene E. Viollet-le-Duc/RIBA British Architectural Library Photographs Collection (1860s)

1860 - Sydney Smirke

1861 - JB Lesueur, France

1862 - Rev Robert Willis

1863 - Anthony Salvin

1864 - Eugene Viollet-le-Duc, France

1865 - Sir James Pennethorne

1866 - Sir Matthew Digby Wyatt

1867 - Charles Texier, France

1868 - Sir Henry Layard

1869 - Karl Richard Lepsius, Germany












RGM in historical context - world events in this decade

 1861 The American Civil War is fought between the remaining United States of America under Abraham Lincoln and the self-declared Confederate States of America.  
 1862 Westminster Bridge in London, designed by Thomas Page, is opened to the public. A wrought iron structure with Gothic detailing by Charles Barry, it is the only bridge over the Thames that spans seven arches and is the oldest bridge in the central area of the river. 
 1863 The London Metropolitan Railway, London's first Underground line, is opened, creating the world's first metro system. In its first few months of operation, an average of 26,500 passengers used the line every day. 
  The École des Beaux-Arts in Paris is founded after Napoléon III grants the school independence from the government, changing its name from the Académie des Beaux-Arts. Women were not admitted until 1897. 
 1864 The first application of reinforced concrete as a material for the construction of buildings takes place for a house in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne. 
 1866 The Neue Synagogue in Berlin, designed by Eduard Knoblauch and Friedrich Stüler, is completed. Acting as the main synagogue for the Jewish community, its eastern Moorish style makes it an important architectural monument of the second half of the 19th century in Berlin. 
  The Princess Theatre, Melbourne, by architect William Pitt is completed, featuring the world's first sliding and retractable roof and state-of-the-art electrical stage lighting. 
 1869 The 192km long modern Suez Canal opens, allowing water transportation between Europe and Asia without circumnavigation of Africa, and avoiding carrying goods overland between the Mediterranean and the Red Sea, having an immediate and dramatic effect on world trade. 
 1869 The First Transcontinental Railroad in the USA is completed, linking Nebraska with California and creating a nation-wide mechanised transportation network that revolutionises the population and economy of the American West.