Enamel

A smooth, glossy material made from soft glass, obtained by adding metal oxides to a base enamel paste. Colours are painted or printed on to a hard surface and then fired, creating a permanent, glossy finish. Today the word 'enamel' is used loosely to describe a glossy protective covering applied to the surface of objects made from metal, wood or ceramic.

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Sir Theodore Turquet de Mayerne, attributed to Jean Petitot, 1640s? - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Sir Theodore Turquet de Mayerne
attributed to Jean Petitot
1640s?
NPG 3066

King William III, by Charles Boit, 1690s - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

King William III
by Charles Boit
1690s
NPG 1737

Thomas Winnington, by Christian Friedrich Zincke, 1720s - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Thomas Winnington
by Christian Friedrich Zincke
1720s
NPG 85

Horatio Walpole, 1st Baron Walpole of Wolterton, by Christian Friedrich Zincke, circa 1720-1725 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Horatio Walpole, 1st Baron Walpole of Wolterton
by Christian Friedrich Zincke
circa 1720-1725
NPG 6417

Nathaniel Hone, by Nathaniel Hone, circa 1760-1770 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Nathaniel Hone
by Nathaniel Hone
circa 1760-1770
NPG 1878

George Stubbs, by George Stubbs, 1781 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

George Stubbs
by George Stubbs
1781
NPG 4575

John Bacon the Elder, by William Bate, after  Mason Chamberlin, (1785) - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

John Bacon the Elder
by William Bate, after Mason Chamberlin
(1785)
NPG 6289

Sophia Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, by Henry Bone, after  Sir William Beechey, 1801 (circa 1793) - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Sophia Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz
by Henry Bone, after Sir William Beechey
1801 (circa 1793)
NPG 6290

Sir Francis Baring, 1st Bt, by Charles Muss, after  Sir Thomas Lawrence, 1823 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Sir Francis Baring, 1st Bt
by Charles Muss, after Sir Thomas Lawrence
1823
NPG 1256

Horatio Nelson, by Henry Pierce Bone, after  Lemuel Francis Abbott, 1840 (1797) - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Horatio Nelson
by Henry Pierce Bone, after Lemuel Francis Abbott
1840 (1797)
NPG 6294

Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington, by Henry Pierce Bone, after  Sir Thomas Lawrence, 1845 (exhibited 1822) - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington
by Henry Pierce Bone, after Sir Thomas Lawrence
1845 (exhibited 1822)
NPG 6297

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