Charles Boit (Swedish, 1663-1727) Anne (1665-1714), Queen of England (1702-1714), wearing golden robe finished with ermine trim over white lace chemise, the Insignia of the Order of the Garter on a blue ribbon at her corsage, her curling brown hair partially upswept and falling behind her shoulders
Lot 18
Charles Boit
(Swedish, 1663-1727)
Anne (1665-1714), Queen of England (1702-1714), wearing golden robe finished with ermine trim over white lace chemise, the Insignia of the Order of the Garter on a blue ribbon at her corsage, her curling brown hair partially upswept and falling behind her shoulders
£2,000 - 3,000
US$ 3,300 - 4,900

Lot Details
Charles Boit (Swedish, 1663-1727)
Anne (1665-1714), Queen of England (1702-1714), wearing golden robe finished with ermine trim over white lace chemise, the Insignia of the Order of the Garter on a blue ribbon at her corsage, her curling brown hair partially upswept and falling behind her shoulders.
Enamel, silver-gilt frame, the scalloped border set with old rose-cut diamonds.
Circular, 40mm (1 9/16in) dia.

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    Bonhams, London, 19 November 2008, lot 4

    Boit's first commissions upon his return to London in 1703 were from Prince George of Denmark, the consort of Queen Anne. The present lot is based on Sir Godfrey Kneller's portrait of the Queen, of which the best version, signed and dated 1705, is held at Wrest Park in Bedfordshire. Another version by Boit, though oval in format unlike the present circular format, is in the Royal Collection (see G. Reynolds, The Sixteenth and Seventeenth Century Miniatures in the Collection of Her Majesty the Queen, 1999, p.271, no.394). Boit is recorded as having been paid £26.17s.6d for one of his enamels of Queen Anne. The present lot is comparable with a similar portrait by Boit's pupil, Christian Friedrich Zincke, painted approximately ten years later (sold Bonhams, London, 19 November 2008, lot 7).

    When her brother-in-law, William III (see the subsequent lot), died without an heir in 1702, the Bill of Rights ensured the crown passed to Anne, the last of the Stuart monarchs. Plump, shy and often in very poor health, the new monarch suffered from an addiction to brandy and was nicknamed 'Brandy Nan'. Although she lacked the charisma and strong personal style of other Queen Regnants, Anne was generally well-intentioned and presided over a vibrant, witty and elegant period in England's history, which saw the work of such luminaries as, Defoe, Swift, Pope and Wren. However, her political judgements were often influenced by her overbearing friend Sarah, Duchess of Marlborough. Their notoriously stormy relationship finally ended in around 1710 when Anne was beset by troubles: her numerous children had all perished in infancy, her dull but devoted husband, Prince George of Denmark was dead and considerable strife prevailed in Parliament. Her eventual demise from suppressed gout in 1714 was something of a release and she was succeeded by her distant Hanoverian cousin, George I (1660-1727).
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