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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.