This silver award, shaped like an artist’s palette was made in Sheffield in 1872 probably by W Padley and Son.
The plate is engraved: Lincoln School of Art, First Prize, for the paintings from the cathedral, Given by JTB Porter, Awarded to JFS Young, 1872.
The recipient of this award is somewhat of a mystery. Young’s career at the School of Art seems to have reached a peak in 1871 winning the prize for Drawing from Life, Second Prize for Painting Groups from Nature, Third Grade Prize (two awards) Second Prize for Freehand Geometry, Perspective and Model Making as well as having two works selected in London for national Competition. He won the palette in 1872, and won one prize posthumously in 1874. It seems probable that some kind of illness brought such a promising career to a premature end.