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The Face Behind the Cameo: Sitter and Cutter

Jan 2020 – Jan 2021

In our modern world of mass production, the Whitby jet industry is one of the few trades which has retained its reputation for local, handmade, skilled craftsmanship. This has always been the case, and as you delve further back in time to a period when cameos and floral carvings were popular, the incredible skill of the jet carver becomes even more prevalent.
This exhibition showcases the work of jet carvers who made a reputation for themselves as some of Whitby’s finest lapidaries, and also features cameos of famous figures throughout history including Michelangelo by Edward H. Greenbury and some beautiful pieces dedicated to Greek and Roman mythological figures, including an incredible matching pair of cameos showing Neptune and Libya, by James Ainsley.
Come and visit the exhibition to see these extraordinary miniature masterpieces and appreciate that there is a great deal more to them than first meets the eye! ​
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