George and Thomas Woodall Masters of Cameo

Origin of Painting, a vase by George Woodall, sold for £206,313 in Nov 2019, Bonhams.

This tells the story of ordinary local brothers under the guidance of John Northwood and his burgeoning expertise in reproducing the cameo carving of The Portland Vase in 1876; they became Masters of their craft producing the finest cameo of all time.

From their early training at Stourbridge School of Art to the establishment of the Gem Cameo Team at Thos. Webb and Sons; we follow their professional and personal lives, with the constraints and pressures of the morals of Victorian Britain; from the development of their techniques to the legacy of their pieces held in both public and private collections, and that now can command five figure sums at international auctions.

Published by Kate Round

My name is Dr Kate Round; I am an outreach presenter and tour guide for Dudley Museum Service In my previous life, I was a research chemist so understand the chemistry of glass having worked on the synthesis of ‘zeolites’ (silica based materials) with my work published in International Journals. I have always lived in the Black Country and have a strong industrial family heritage.

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