Engraved shell cameo purchased by authors George Henry Lewes and George Eliot in Rome, Italy, on April 18, 1860, and set for them by Tombini in a gold mount of Etruscan design. The brooch was given by Lewes's son Charles Lee Lewes to Georgiana Burne-Jones, then descended to Burne-Jones's granddaughter Angela Thirkell, who presented it to Eliot scholar Gordon S. Haight. Cameo features profile image of a bacchante; purchase noted in Lewes's journal (Beinecke Library). Partial paper label on bottom of case: C. Tombini, Orefice, Via del Babuino.
1 cameo medallion brooch : shell, gold, leather, velvet, satin ; 5.8 x 5.0 cm. in case 7.0 x 8.0 cm.
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