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Henry Bone (1755-1834), Enamel painter

Sitter in 6 portraits
Artist associated with 676 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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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

6603

Samuel Whitbread the Elder

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

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

D17412

Richard Colley Wellesley, Marquess Wellesley as a boy

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

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

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

D17272

Hon. Frances Henley-Ongley

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

D17367

Unknown boy

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

D17538

John Wolcot

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

D17784

Mr Johnson

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

D17539

Thomas Daniell

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

D17541

Georgiana Cavendish (née Spencer), Duchess of Devonshire

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

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

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

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

D17287

William Eden, 1st Baron Auckland

by Henry Bone, after Sir Thomas Lawrence
pencil drawing squared in pencil for transfer, 1795 (exhibited 1794)
NPG D17287

D17542

Unknown man ('Agent to Mr Meux')

by Henry Bone, after Unknown artist
pencil drawing squared in ink for transfer, 1795
NPG D17542

D17543

Elizabeth Meux (née Roxby)

by Henry Bone, possibly after Sir William Beechey
pencil drawing squared in ink for transfer, 1795
NPG D17543

D17545

Samuel Whitbread the Elder

by Henry Bone, after Sir William Beechey
pencil drawing squared in ink for transfer, 1795 (1790-1795)
NPG D17545

D17758

Charles Grey, 1st Earl Grey

by Henry Bone, after Sir Thomas Lawrence
pencil drawing squared in ink for transfer, (1795)
NPG D17758