Cameo

A cameo is a carving technique where the design is raised against a background often consisting of contrasting colours. Traditionally the cameo has taken an oval or round shape. In photography, images in oval mounts are also referred to as cameos.

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Possibly John Bowes, Baron Bowes, after James Tassie, late 18th century - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Possibly John Bowes, Baron Bowes
after James Tassie
late 18th century
NPG D7024

John Orlando Parry, by McLean & Haes, mid 1860s - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

John Orlando Parry
by McLean & Haes
mid 1860s
NPG Ax14880

William Speed, by Stephen Ayling, mid-late 1860s - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

William Speed
by Stephen Ayling
mid-late 1860s
NPG Ax39760

John Alfred Vinter, by Henry William Ashdown, mid-late 1860s - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

John Alfred Vinter
by Henry William Ashdown
mid-late 1860s
NPG Ax14929

King Edward VII, by James Russell & Sons, 1866 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

King Edward VII
by James Russell & Sons
1866
NPG Ax24165

Elizabeth Vacher (nee Pocock), by Edinburgh Photographic Company, late 1860s - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Elizabeth Vacher (nee Pocock)
by Edinburgh Photographic Company
late 1860s
NPG x27115

George Augustus Holmes, by Charles B. Praetorius, mid 1870s-mid 1890s - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

George Augustus Holmes
by Charles B. Praetorius
mid 1870s-mid 1890s
NPG Ax14922

Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, by Unknown artist, late 19th century - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha
by Unknown artist
late 19th century
NPG D7023

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