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Charles Boit (1662-1727)

Artist associated with 9 portraits
A miniature painter and enamellist born in Stockholm to French parents. Initially apprenticed to a goldsmith in Stockholm, he later travelled to Paris where he learnt the art of enamelling. Boit moved to England in 1687. He travelled around the country, painting his subjects from life. On his return to London in 1696, he was appointed court enameller to William III. In 1703, Boit undertook an extremely ambitious commission for Queen Anne. It was to be an allegorical enamel, measuring approximately 60cm by 40cm, commemorating the battle of Blenheim. He worked on the project for almost ten years before he was asked to return the money that had been invested in the scheme and was forced to flee to France in debt.

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1737

King William III

by Charles Boit
enamel on copper, 1690s
On display in Room 7 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 1737

6282

Queen Anne

by Charles Boit
enamel on copper, circa 1705
On display in Room 7 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 6282

D31365

Queen Anne

by Michael Vandergucht, after Charles Boit
line engraving, circa 1700-1725
NPG D31365

D31366

Queen Anne

by Michael Vandergucht, after Charles Boit
line engraving, circa 1700-1725
NPG D31366

D19698

Queen Anne

by Michael Vandergucht, after Charles Boit
line engraving, circa 1700-1725
NPG D19698

D21270

Queen Anne

by Michael Vandergucht, after Charles Boit
line engraving, circa 1702-1714
NPG D21270

D21271

Queen Anne

by Michael Vandergucht, after Charles Boit
line engraving, circa 1702-1714
NPG D21271

D19594

Queen Anne

by John Simon, published by Edward Cooper, after Charles Boit
mezzotint, circa 1700-1725
NPG D19594