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A smooth, glossy material made from soft glass, obtained by adding metal oxides to a base enamel paste. Colours are painted or printed on to a hard surface and then fired, creating a permanent, glossy finish. Today the word 'enamel' is used loosely to describe a glossy protective covering applied to the surface of objects made from metal, wood or ceramic.

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Thomas Winnington
by Christian Friedrich Zincke
circa 1725
NPG 85

Horatio Walpole, 1st Baron Walpole of Wolterton
by Christian Friedrich Zincke
circa 1720-1725
NPG 6417

Nathaniel Hone
by Nathaniel Hone
circa 1760-1770
NPG 1878

George Stubbs
by George Stubbs
NPG 4575

John Bacon the Elder
by William Bate, after Mason Chamberlin
based on a work of 1785
NPG 6289

Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz
by Henry Bone, after Sir William Beechey
1801, based on a work of circa 1793
NPG 6290

Sir Francis Baring, 1st Bt
by Charles Muss, after Sir Thomas Lawrence
NPG 1256

Horatio Nelson
by Henry Pierce Bone, after Lemuel Francis Abbott
1840, based on a work of 1797
NPG 6294

Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington
by Henry Pierce Bone, after Sir Thomas Lawrence
1845, based on a work exhibited in 1822
NPG 6297

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