A Gentleman, called Robert Boyle (1627-1691), by Charles Boit, circa 1705.

The Anglo-Irish Robert Boyle was a natural philosopher, chemist and inventor, who is generally recognised as one of the founders of modern chemistry. He is shown wearing a brown full-bottomed wig and a maroon day gown with a white jabot. The oval enamel miniature is in a gold frame, engraved on the reverse, 3.5cm.
Charles Boit (1662-1727) was a Swedish painter of Huguenot extraction. He painted in vitreous enamels and worked mainly in France, Austria and England, where one of his pupils was Christian Friedrich Zincke (1683-1767), an artist who painted several miniatures in enamel of the 8th Earl of Exeter and his family.


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