George III

Date:
ca. 1820
Culture:
British
Medium:
Onyx and gold
Dimensions:
Visible cameo: 22.7 x 17.5 mm;
Overall: 1 x 1 x 7/8 in. (2.6 x 2.6 x 2.3 cm)
Classification:
Lapidary Work-Gems
Credit Line:
The Milton Weil Collection, 1940
Accession Number:
40.20.7
Not on view
Apparently made as a memorial, this cameo captures George III (r. 1760–1820) in old age, pink, roly-poly and bug-eyed but occupying the field with tremendous authority, much as in the coins designed by Benedetto Pistrucci, which it emulates. Pistrucci’s prowess in modeling and carving (abundantly evident in 2003.431, 2007.30, and 40.20.49) gained him a post at the Royal Mint in London in 1816, soon after he emigrated to England, and he became chief medalist there in 1828.
Inscription: Incised on back: George III / obt.Jany 29 / 1820

Marking: Unmarked
Milton Weil (until 1938; to MMA)