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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.
by Charles Boit
enamel on copper, circa 1715