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Henry Bone

(1755-1834), Enamel painter

Sitter in 6 portraits
Artist associated with 677 portraits
Born in Cornwall, he moved to London in 1779 where he worked on jewellery designs and the enamelling of watches and fans. He began to exhibit miniatures at the Royal Academy in 1781. Bone's technique began with a pencil copy of the chosen picture onto squared paper. This would be traced with red chalk onto the enamel surface that would then be fired to fix the chalk outline. He executed many beautiful miniature pieces of much larger size than had been attempted before in England. Among them are copies of eighty-five portraits painted during the time of Queen Elizabeth I that are considered among his greatest works.

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Sophia Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, by Henry Bone, after  Sir William Beechey - NPG 6290

Sophia Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz

by Henry Bone, after Sir William Beechey
enamel on copper, 1801 (circa 1793)
On display in Room 14 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 6290

Samuel Whitbread the Elder, by Henry Bone, after  Sir William Beechey - NPG 6603

Samuel Whitbread the Elder

by Henry Bone, after Sir William Beechey
enamel on copper, 1796
NPG 6603

Robert Bloomfield, by Henry Bone - NPG 1644

Robert Bloomfield

by Henry Bone
watercolour and bodycolour on ivory, circa 1800
On display in Room 14 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 1644

Richard Colley Wellesley, Marquess Wellesley as a boy, by Henry Bone, after  Richard Crosse - NPG D17412

Richard Colley Wellesley, Marquess Wellesley as a boy

by Henry Bone, after Richard Crosse
pen and ink, (1767)
NPG D17412

John Rous, 1st Earl of Stradbroke, by Henry Bone, after  Sir William Beechey - NPG D17760

John Rous, 1st Earl of Stradbroke

by Henry Bone, after Sir William Beechey
pencil drawing squared in ink for transfer, (circa 1785)
NPG D17760

Sidney Godolphin, 1st Earl of Godolphin, by Henry Bone, after  Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG D17264

Sidney Godolphin, 1st Earl of Godolphin

by Henry Bone, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
pen and ink, circa 1790-1834 (circa 1704-1710)
NPG D17264

Hon. Frances Henley-Ongley, by Henry Bone, possibly after  Andrew Plimer - NPG D17272

Hon. Frances Henley-Ongley

by Henry Bone, possibly after Andrew Plimer
pen and ink, probably late 18th century (circa 1790)
NPG D17272

Unknown boy, by Henry Bone, possibly after  Sir Joshua Reynolds - NPG D17367

Unknown boy

by Henry Bone, possibly after Sir Joshua Reynolds
pencil drawing squared in ink for transfer, 1793 (1747)
NPG D17367

John Wolcot, by Henry Bone, possibly after  John Opie - NPG D17538

John Wolcot

by Henry Bone, possibly after John Opie
pencil drawing squared in pencil for transfer, 1793 (1780s)
NPG D17538

Mr Johnson, by Henry Bone, after  Unknown artist - NPG D17784

Mr Johnson

by Henry Bone, after Unknown artist
pen and ink, circa 1793
NPG D17784

Thomas Daniell, by Henry Bone, after  John Opie - NPG D17539

Thomas Daniell

by Henry Bone, after John Opie
pen and ink, 1794 (1786)
NPG D17539

Georgiana Cavendish (née Spencer), Duchess of Devonshire, by Henry Bone, probably after  Andrew Plimer - NPG D17541

Georgiana Cavendish (née Spencer), Duchess of Devonshire

by Henry Bone, probably after Andrew Plimer
pencil, pen and ink, 1794-1795
NPG D17541

Lovell Todd, by Henry Bone, after  John Opie - NPG D17549

Lovell Todd

by Henry Bone, after John Opie
pencil drawing squared in pencil for transfer, 1794 (circa 1790-1794)
NPG D17549

Charles Grey, 1st Earl Grey, by Henry Bone, after  Sir Thomas Lawrence - NPG D17550

Charles Grey, 1st Earl Grey

by Henry Bone, after Sir Thomas Lawrence
pencil drawing squared in ink for transfer, 1794 (1795)
NPG D17550

Charles Grey, 2nd Earl Grey, by Henry Bone, after  Sir Thomas Lawrence - NPG D17551

Charles Grey, 2nd Earl Grey

by Henry Bone, after Sir Thomas Lawrence
pencil drawing squared in ink for transfer, 1794 (1793)
NPG D17551

probably Mary Opie (née Bunn), by Henry Bone, after  John Opie - NPG D17552

probably Mary Opie (née Bunn)

by Henry Bone, after John Opie
pencil drawing squared in pencil for transfer, 1794
NPG D17552

Joseph Farington, by Henry Bone, after  John Opie - NPG D17553

Joseph Farington

by Henry Bone, after John Opie
pencil drawing squared in pencil for transfer, 1794 (1793-1794)
NPG D17553

Charles Grey, 2nd Earl Grey, by Henry Bone, after  Sir Thomas Lawrence - NPG D17759

Charles Grey, 2nd Earl Grey

by Henry Bone, after Sir Thomas Lawrence
pencil drawing squared in ink for transfer, circa 1794 (1793)
NPG D17759

Elizabeth Anne Parkyns (née James), Lady Rancliffe, by Henry Bone, after  John Hoppner - NPG D17255

Elizabeth Anne Parkyns (née James), Lady Rancliffe

by Henry Bone, after John Hoppner
pencil drawing squared in ink for transfer, 1795 (1794)
NPG D17255

Mary Grey (née Whitbread), Lady Grey, by Henry Bone, possibly after  Sir William Beechey - NPG D17259

Mary Grey (née Whitbread), Lady Grey

by Henry Bone, possibly after Sir William Beechey
pencil drawing squared in ink for transfer, 1795
NPG D17259

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