Henry Bone, R.A. (British, 1755-1834), after Sir William Beechey (British, 1753-1839) A pair of miniatures portraying George III (1738-1820), King of Great Britain and Ireland (1760-1801), King of the United Kingdom (1801-1820) and his wife, Queen Charlotte (1744-1818); the former, wearing his General Officer's uniform with black bicorn hat and breast star of the Order of the Garter; the latter, wearing white dress and fichu, yellow and black lace stoles draped over her straw hat, pearl choker and black fur muff
Lot 92
Henry Bone, R.A.
(British, 1755-1834)
after Sir William Beechey (British, 1753-1839)
A pair of miniatures portraying George III (1738-1820), King of Great Britain and Ireland (1760-1801), King of the United Kingdom (1801-1820) and his wife, Queen Charlotte (1744-1818); the former, wearing his General Officer's uniform with black bicorn hat and breast star of the Order of the Garter; the latter, wearing white dress and fichu, yellow and black lace stoles draped over her straw hat, pearl choker and black fur muff
Sold for £10,000 (US$ 13,360) inc. premium

Lot Details
Henry Bone, R.A. (British, 1755-1834), after Sir William Beechey (British, 1753-1839) A pair of miniatures portraying George III (1738-1820), King of Great Britain and Ireland (1760-1801), King of the United Kingdom (1801-1820) and his wife, Queen Charlotte (1744-1818); the former, wearing his General Officer's uniform with black bicorn hat and breast star of the Order of the Garter; the latter, wearing white dress and fichu, yellow and black lace stoles draped over her straw hat, pearl choker and black fur muff Henry Bone, R.A. (British, 1755-1834), after Sir William Beechey (British, 1753-1839) A pair of miniatures portraying George III (1738-1820), King of Great Britain and Ireland (1760-1801), King of the United Kingdom (1801-1820) and his wife, Queen Charlotte (1744-1818); the former, wearing his General Officer's uniform with black bicorn hat and breast star of the Order of the Garter; the latter, wearing white dress and fichu, yellow and black lace stoles draped over her straw hat, pearl choker and black fur muff Henry Bone, R.A. (British, 1755-1834), after Sir William Beechey (British, 1753-1839) A pair of miniatures portraying George III (1738-1820), King of Great Britain and Ireland (1760-1801), King of the United Kingdom (1801-1820) and his wife, Queen Charlotte (1744-1818); the former, wearing his General Officer's uniform with black bicorn hat and breast star of the Order of the Garter; the latter, wearing white dress and fichu, yellow and black lace stoles draped over her straw hat, pearl choker and black fur muff Henry Bone, R.A. (British, 1755-1834), after Sir William Beechey (British, 1753-1839) A pair of miniatures portraying George III (1738-1820), King of Great Britain and Ireland (1760-1801), King of the United Kingdom (1801-1820) and his wife, Queen Charlotte (1744-1818); the former, wearing his General Officer's uniform with black bicorn hat and breast star of the Order of the Garter; the latter, wearing white dress and fichu, yellow and black lace stoles draped over her straw hat, pearl choker and black fur muff Henry Bone, R.A. (British, 1755-1834), after Sir William Beechey (British, 1753-1839) A pair of miniatures portraying George III (1738-1820), King of Great Britain and Ireland (1760-1801), King of the United Kingdom (1801-1820) and his wife, Queen Charlotte (1744-1818); the former, wearing his General Officer's uniform with black bicorn hat and breast star of the Order of the Garter; the latter, wearing white dress and fichu, yellow and black lace stoles draped over her straw hat, pearl choker and black fur muff
Henry Bone, R.A. (British, 1755-1834), after Sir William Beechey (British, 1753-1839)
A pair of miniatures portraying George III (1738-1820), King of Great Britain and Ireland (1760-1801), King of the United Kingdom (1801-1820) and his wife, Queen Charlotte (1744-1818); the former, wearing his General Officer's uniform with black bicorn hat and breast star of the Order of the Garter; the latter, wearing white dress and fichu, yellow and black lace stoles draped over her straw hat, pearl choker and black fur muff.
Enamel, each signed on the obverse, HBone; each signed, dated and inscribed on the counter enamel, His/Her Most Gracious/ Majesty/ London Decr: 1805./ Painted by Henry Bone ARA/ Enamel painter to H.R.H. the/ Prince of Wales, after Sir Will./ Beechey R.A. Portraitist/ to Her Majesty., original gilt-wood frames with coronet crestings and acanthus leaf borders, the reverse of each signed, His/Her Most Gracious Majesty/ Enamel/ Henry Bone/ 15 Berners St/ Oxford St and inscribed, 'No 9' and 'No 10' respectively.
Oval, 135mm (5 5/16in) high (2)

Footnotes

  • Provenance
    Bequeathed by the present sitters to William Henry Cooper (1787-1840), financial advisor to George III and thence by descent

    The present compositions derive from full-length oil portraits by Sir William Beechey. Beechey's portrait of Queen Charlotte, dated 1796, portrays the Queen standing in the grounds of Frogmore House with her dogs. The small white dog cradled in her arms has been replaced in the present lot with a black fur muff. Beechey's portrait of the King, dated c.1799-1800, swiftly became one of the most popular images of the monarch through its extensive reproduction in engraved and painted form. Innumerable portrait miniature copies were produced by a variety of artists and they predominantly feature a reduced scale containing the King's head or bust (sometimes omitting the King's bicorn hat).

    Bone's preparatory sketch for his full-length enamel copies of George III (dated 1801) and Queen Charlotte (dated 1799) are listed in R. Walker, Henry Bone's Pencil Drawings, The Walpole Society, 1999 (p.326, no.216 and p.319, no.111 respectively). The resulting enamels are held by the Royal Collection (see R. Walker Miniatures in the Collection of Her Majesty The Queen, Cambridge, 1992, no.744, ill.pp.270-271 and no.748, ill.pp.274-275 respectively). Other oval reductions by Henry Bone have sold Christie's, London, 12 May 1826, lot 1 and Christie's, London, 7 June 1836 (the artist's sale), lots 19 and 27.

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  • This lot contains or is made of ivory. The United States Government has banned the import of any ivory into the USA.
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