A Brilliant Portrait Miniature Of The Prince Regent In Enamel On Gold.
By Henry Bone, R.A. Dated October 1810, After The State Portrait By Sir Thomas Lawrence.
The Prince is facing right, wearing a Field Marshal's scarlet uniform with black, gold-embroidered collar, gold shoulder-knots, black stock and the Orders of the Golden Fleece suspended from a red ribbon about his neck, the badges of the Order of the Garter, of the French Order of the Saint Esprit, of the Prussian Order of the Black Eagle and another unidentified Order. The background is olive green. The miniature is set in a gold bezel within an oval metal locket.
This miniature is one of a group done over at least an eleven year period by order of the Prince. It was his favorite image of himself, and he requested it long after Lawrence had painted his portrait as King in 1821. He delighted in giving these enamels away as state presents and gifts, one of the latest going to little Princess Victoria in 1826. Her Majesty the Queen has eight of various sizes in her collection, dating from 1816 - 1821. The Prince Regent (1762-1830) later George IV, King of Great Britain and Ireland was possibly his country's most flamboyant ruler.
The verso inscribed in enamel:
H.R.H. the r Regent Painted by H Bone R.A. Enamel Painter to His Majesty and Price Regent London October 1810
Dimensions: 1 3/4 inches x 1 1/2 inches
Henry Bone, R.A. (1755-1834), was the most important British enamelist of his time. He was successively enamel painter to King George III, King George IV and King William IV. His last exhibit at the Royal Academy in 1832 was of His Majesty, Charles X, King of France," Painted on His Majesty's Command".
Dimensions: 1 3/8 inches (3.5 cm) high.
Reference: The Nelson-Atkins Museum, Kansas City, MO, catalogue for the Starr Collection of Miniatures, #167 for another version by Bone, dated 1821. The Metropolitan Museum of Art also has an example published in its catalogue of European Miniatures in January, 1993.
National Portrait Gallery, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 1856-1979, Compiled by K.K. Yung, page 220, #L152 (33) for a miniature on Ivory epicting the same image.
Miniatures: Dictionary and Guide, Daphne Fosket, , page 418, plate 124B for a miniature by JGP Fisher after the same painting.
The Portrait Miniatures in The Collection of The House of Orange-Nassau, Karen Schaffers-Bodenghausen & Marieke Tiethoff-Spliethoff, page 212, Cat # 201 for another Bone miniature dated August 1815.
The Monarchy in Portrait Miniatures From Elizabeth I to Queen Victoria, Exhibition D.S. Lavender (Antiques) Ltd., plate 102 for a Royal presentation miniature by Bone surmounted by a diamond and enamel crown with the Royal cypher in diamonds on the reverse (Private Collection).