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Francis Bedford (1815-94)

Works of Art Exhibited at Marlborough House, 1854: A Cameo 1854

Albumen print | 6.1 x 4.3 cm (image) | RCIN 2800204

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Photograph of an oval cameo depicting the bust of a Roman emperor in profile, facing right. He is clean-shaven, with short curly hair. There is a band around his head which ties at the back. He wears a cuirass, a piece of armour consisting of a breastplate and back plate fastened together. On the front of the cuirass is a Medusa head.

The cameo is now held by the Victoria and Albert Museum.
  • Creator(s)

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    Francis Bedford (1815-94) (photographer)

  • 6.1 x 4.3 cm (image)

  • 'A Cameo'

  • Commissioned by Henry Cole. Later acquired by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • photographs
    Subject(s)
    • Places
      • Europe
        • Great Britain
          • England
            • Greater London [England]
              • London [Greater London]
                • City of Westminster
                  • Marlborough House [London]
    • Arts, Recreation, Entertainment & Sport
      • Plastic arts
        • Cameos
    • Science, Medicine and Technology
      • Engineering & Technology
        • Military engineering
          • Arms (weapons)
            • Armour
              • Breastplates