A Miniature of George IV by Henry Bone R.A. (1755-1834), after Sir Thomas Lawrence R.A. (1769-1830).

Enamel, oval, set in a magnificent heavy ormolu frame by Rundell, Bridge and Rundell, 17cm.

The mount is applied with a pierced chain of the Order of the Garter, the spandrels with the badges of the Orders of St. Andrew, St. Patrick, the Bath and the Hanoverian Order of the Guelph.

The border is decorated with shamrock, thistle and rose; the crowned orb surmount flanked by the lion and unicorn.

Signed ‘H Bone,’ inscribed and dated 1820 on the counter enamel; the reverse inscribed: ‘presented by/George the Fourth/to/the Marquess Wellesley, K.G.K.C. and C. 1821.’

George IV is shown half-length, wearing a red uniform with high gold-embroidered collar and black cravat, with the collar of the Order of the Golden Fleece and the Stars of the Orders of the Garter, Saint Esprit, Prussian Order of the Black Eagle, and the Polish Order of the White Eagle.

Henry Bone produced numerous versions of Lawrence’s portrait of circa 1814-15.

It is possible that this version might be identified as ‘A very large enamelled Picture of His Majesty in Metal gilt border with gilt frame and Crown at top 120 guineas’ supplied to King George IV on 11th July, 1820, by Rundell, Bridge & Rundell.


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