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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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Henry Bone

by John Opie
oil on canvas, 1799
NPG 869


Henry Bone

by John Jackson
pencil and watercolour, circa 1814
NPG 3155


Henry Bone

by Sir Francis Leggatt Chantrey
pencil, circa 1816
NPG 316a(13b)


Henry Bone

by William Bone Sr
watercolour on ivory, arched top, 1828
NPG 6001


Henry Bone

by Frederick Christian Lewis Sr, published by George Lawford, after George Henry Harlow
mezzotint, published 1824
NPG D31938


Henry Bone

by Frederick Christian Lewis Sr, after George Henry Harlow
mezzotint, published 1824
NPG D754


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