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Miniature

Miniature

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1822 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Bone, Henry, born 1755 - died 1834 (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Enamel on copper, gilt wood, gesso and glass

  • Credit Line:

    The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Collection on loan to the Victoria and Albert Museum, London

  • Museum number:

    LOAN:GILBERT.229-2008

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Sir Hugh Myddelton was a Member of Parliament from 1603 to 1628 and a successful London goldsmith. He also directed an engineering project to supply the City of London with water, through a series of canals sourced from springs near Ware, Hertfordshire. Bone's pencil drawing of this portrait of Sir Hugh is in the National Portrait Gallery.

In the 17th century, new techniques of painting enamels allowed delicate portraits resembling tiny oil paintings to be created. These enamel miniatures were first fashionable in continental Europe, but were particularly in vogue in Britain from the 1720s to 1760s. Henry Bone (1755-1834) was a successful enameller in England. As a boy, he worked in William Cookworthy's porcelain factory in Plymouth. It was there that he was introduced to the art of enamel painting. He exhibited at the Royal Academy from 1781 and became a Royal Academician in 1811. Many of his enamel portraits are copies of older full-scale paintings, including a series depicting prominent men and women from the Elizabethan period. His sons, Henry Pierce Bone (1779-1855) and William Bone Senior (active 1810-43), followed in his footsteps and became enamellers. Like his father, Henry Pierce Bone made enamel copies of paintings of historical figures.

Sir Arthur Gilbert and his wife Rosalinde formed one of the world's great decorative art collections, including silver, mosaics, enamelled portrait miniatures and gold boxes. Arthur Gilbert donated his extraordinary collection to Britain in 1996.

Physical description

Rectangular portrait miniature of Sir Hugh Myddleton depicted facing right wearing a black and brown coat with jewelled buttons, white ruff and cuffs, a black gown and a gold medallion. The miniature is in a frame of gilt gesso and wood with glass.

Place of Origin

England (made)

Date

1822 (made)

Artist/maker

Bone, Henry, born 1755 - died 1834 (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Enamel on copper, gilt wood, gesso and glass

Marks and inscriptions

Signed, dated and inscribed 'Sir Hugh Myddleton, Knight & Baronet / Compleated the Newn River, A.D. 1613 / He was an able Engineer, &&-Oct. 1613. / Painted by permission of the Worshipful / Company of Goldsmiths, by Henry Bone / R.A. Enamel painter to His Majesty & / Enamel Painter to H.R.H. The Duke of York / from a picture by Cornelius Jansen in the / Goldsmiths Hall, London / London / Aug.-1822'.
On the counter enamel

Inscribed 'Enamel HBone R.A.'
On the matte

Dimensions

Height: 35.5 cm, Width: 31.9 cm, Depth: 5.4 cm

Object history note

Provenance: Trustees of the Earl of Lonsdale, March 19, 1980. Christie's, London, lot 39.

Descriptive line

Enamel miniature on copper of Sir Hugh Myddleton, glazed and in a gilt wood frame, England, 1822, by Henry Bone R.A. (1755-1834).

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Walker, Richard. 'Henry Bone's Pencil Drawings in the National Portrait Gallery', The Walpole Society, Vol. LXI, 1999, p. 218.
Coffin, Sarah and Bodo Hofstetter. Portrait Miniatures in Enamel. London: Philip Wilson Publishers Ltd. in association with the Gilbert Collection, 2000. 168 p., ill. Cat. no. 12, pp. 58-59. ISBN 0856675334.

Labels and date

Sir Hugh Myddelton
1822

Sir Hugh Myddelton was a Member of Parliament from
1603 to 1628 and a successful London goldsmith. He also
directed an engineering project to supply the City of
London with water through canals sourced from springs
near Ware, Hertfordshire.

England, Henry Bone (1755–1834),
after Cornelius Jansen (1593–1661)
Enamel on copper with original gilded matte surround,
in later gesso and wood frame
Signed, dated and inscribed on counter-enamel
‘Sir Hugh Myddleton, Knight & Baronet
Compleated the Newn River, A.D. 1613
He was an able Engineer, &&–Oct. 1613
Painted by permission of the Worshipful Company of
Goldsmiths, by Henry Bone R.A. Enamel painter to
His Majesty & Enamel Painter to H.R.H. The Duke of York
from a picture by Cornelius Jansen in the Goldsmiths Hall,
London, London Aug.–1822’
Museum no. Loan:Gilbert.229-2008 [2009]

Production Note

After Cornelius Jansen

Materials

Enamel; Copper; Gilt wood; Glass; Gesso

Techniques

Painting (image-making); Gilding; Framing

Subjects depicted

Male

Categories

Enamels; Metalwork; Portraits

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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