Henry Bone, R.A. (British, 1755-1834), after Guido Reni (Italian, 1575-1642) Head of Christ
Lot 309
Henry Bone, R.A. (British, 1755-1834), after Guido Reni (Italian, 1575-1642) Head of Christ
£500 - 700
US$ 830 - 1,200
Lot Details
Henry Bone, R.A. (British, 1755-1834), after Guido Reni (Italian, 1575-1642)
Head of Christ.
Enamel, signed on the obverse HBone; signed and inscribed on the reverse Christ/ London/ Augst. 1806./ Painted by Henry Bone ARA./ Enamel painter to His Royal/ Highness the Prince of Wales/ for the Rt. Honble. the Earl of/ Suffolk, after the Original by/ Guido, in his Collection, unframed but bearing the original wooden slip sealed at the back with gold beater skin.
Oval, 150mm (5 7/8in) high
Provenance: General John Howard, 15th Earl of Suffolk.
Literature: R. Walker, Henry Bone's Pencil Drawings, The Walpole Society, 1999, vol.II, p.16, pl.9.

Footnotes

  • Guido Reni completed several variants of this composition, all of which have been endlessly reproduced since their conception in both painted and printed form. The subject would appear to have derived from Reni's earliest altarpiece, painted for the Church of the Cappuccini in Bolgna (R. E. Spear, The "Divine" Guido; Religion, Sex, Money and Art in the World of Guido Reni, 1997, p.181, ill.p.182). The 'Cappuccini Crucifixion' (1619) now resides in the Pinacoteca Nazionale, Bologna.

    John Howard, 15th Earl of Suffolk (1776-1820), for whom the present lot was executed, was himself the subject of an enamel portrait by Bone. Dated 1819 and exhibited at the Royal Academy in the same year (no.502), the miniature later appeared at Christie's on 28 May 2002 (lot 8).
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