The greatest cameo carver of the 18th Century
Pistrucci carved this for Angelo Bonelli. This was later bought by the cameo collector Richard Payne Knight, who was told, by Bonelli, that this was an ancient greek cameo. Later Knight showed this cameo to Pistrucci and refused to accept his explanation of having carved it himself. Payne Knight never accepted that he had been duped and later donated the cameo to the British Museum, London.
Pistrucci was born in Rome and lived from 1697 – 1779. he is one of the most celebrated cameo carvers of any era. He enjoyed the patronage of Kings and was appointed Chief Engraver to the Royal Mint, London. Pistrucci designed the engraving of St George slaying the dragon which has been used on British coins ever since.