Enamel portrait miniature, Frances Walsingham, Lady Sidney (c.1569-1632) (after British (English) School) by Henry Bone, RA (Truro 1755 – Somers Town, London 1834). c.1820. Three-quarter length portrait, turned slightly to left, facing spectator, in a black dress, high white lace collar, cuffs and kerchief, holding a lace fan. Her right hand rests on a table with a red cloth. Blue eyes, brown hair, pale complexion. Green curtain, draped to the left in the background. Original in the collection at Parham Park.
The Bone enamels at Kingston Lacy, copied from paintings in well-known houses, were mostly acquired by William Bankes at auction in 1836, from a set of 85 which had been unsuccessfully offered to the nation for £4000 by the elder Bone. William gave the bulk of them to his brother the Rev Edward Bankes. After William's flight abroad in 1841, Edward returned them to Kingston Lacy.
Marks and inscriptions
FRANCES SIDNEY, His Wife / (Married afterwards Robert Devereux, Earl of Essex) / 23 (painted in black on fixed gilt label, centred under image)
Makers and roles
Henry Bone, RA (Truro 1755 – Somers Town, London 1834) , artist
after British (English) School, artist