Henry Bone, R.A. (British, 1755-1834)
Sir Henry Sidney (15291586), standing before green drapery, a marble pillar to his left, wearing black stockings and dark brown breeches slashed to reveal black, black embroidered doublet with ermine trim to the shoulder, white collar and cuffs, ermine waistcoat, black hat with red and gold embroidered trim and large black plume, gold collar of the Order of the Garter, black belt and sword belt with gold clasps, his decorated sword hilt at his right hip, his right hand upon his hip, his left hand resting on the base of the plinth and holding a piece of green material trimmed with gold (cracks).
Enamel, signed on the obverse HBone., inscribed on the counter-enamel Henry Sydney, Educated with Edward VI in the/ third Yr of his reign he Knighted him & made/ him first Gentleman of his Bed Chamber - Sent/ Sent afr to France - Edward died in his arms.-/ Sent to Ireland by 2. Mary - Made Lord Justice -/ Queen Elizabeth in 1564 made him a Knight/ of the Garter - Lord President of Wales - Deputy/ of Ireland, (which Offices he held at the same time)/ Ambafr to France, Scotland &c &c Died May 1586/ aged 57 years.-/ On the Original picture,/ Sir Henry Sydney Ano dni 1573. 20 die Tulli die/ nativitatis & ætatis suce 44.-/ London/ July-1823/ Painted by Henry Bone RA Enamel-painter/ to His Majesty & Enl. painter to His R.H. the/ Duke of York &c &c - after the Original/ in the Collection of the Earl of Egremont/ Petworth - Sussex.-, gilt-metal mount engraved ENAMEL. HBONE. R.A..
Rectangular, 212mm (8 3/8in) high