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Exhibitions and records of works of art

Prince Albert recognised the importance of photography to record and document notable exhibitions and works of art


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


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

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

  • 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