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Cameo - George IV, King of Great Britain and Ireland
  • George IV, King of Great Britain and Ireland
    Girometti, Giuseppe, born 1779 - died 1851
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George IV, King of Great Britain and Ireland

  • Object:

    Cameo

  • Place of origin:

    Rome (probably, made)

  • Date:

    1825-1850 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Girometti, Giuseppe, born 1779 - died 1851 (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Layered agate, in copper-gilt mount

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the Dowager Viscountess Mersey

  • Museum number:

    A.7-1959

  • Gallery location:

    Sculpture, Room 111, The Gilbert Bayes Gallery, case 2, shelf 3

An intaglio carving is cut into the surface of the material and a cameo is in relief. The art of gemstone carving was known in ancient Greece and Rome and revived in Renaissance Italy, when connoisseurs began to form rich collections of engraved stones. Shell cameos, which were cheaper and more easily worked, became fashionable in the 19th century. Many were bought by tourists as souvenirs.

Physical description

George IV, facing left, with laurel wreath.

Place of Origin

Rome (probably, made)

Date

1825-1850 (made)

Artist/maker

Girometti, Giuseppe, born 1779 - died 1851 (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Layered agate, in copper-gilt mount

Dimensions

Height: 6.2 cm, Width: 4.6 cm

Object history note

Given by the Dowager Viscountess Mersey, in 1959.

Descriptive line

Cameo, layered agate, in copper-gilt mount, of George IV, by Giuseppe Girometti, Italy (probably Rome), ca. 1825-50

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Trusted, Marjorie, ed. The Making of Sculpture. The Materials and Techniques of European Sculpture. London: 2007, p. 148, pl. 285

Materials

Agate

Categories

Sculpture; Jewellery

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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