Edmund Spenser (1552-1599) (after British (English) School)
Henry Pierce Bone (Islington 1779 - 1855)
Art / Miniatures
EnamelOrder this image
Kingston Lacy Estate, Dorset (Accredited Museum)
Enamel portrait miniature, Edmund Spenser (1552-1599) (after British (English) School) by Henry Pierce Bone (Islington 1779 - 1855). 1800. Painted oval. Head and shoulders portrait, turned slightly to left, facing spectator, in a black and gold doublet, falling lace collar with tassels. Blue eyes, fair hair and moustache. Feigned stone oval background. Original used to be in the collection of the Earl of Chesterfield, present whereabouts unknown.
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
EDMUND SPENSER / The Poet / 46 (painted in black on fixed gilt label, centred under image)
Makers and roles
Henry Pierce Bone (Islington 1779 - 1855) , artist after British (English) School, artist