Henry, Prince of Wales. Museum no. Loan:Gilbert.245:1

Henry, Prince of Wales. Museum no. Loan:Gilbert.245:1

Henry, Prince of Wales
Enamel on copper in gilded metal frame
Henry Pierce Bone (1779-1855), after Robert Peake (died 1626)
England
1845
Museum no. Loan:Gilbert.245:1, 2-2008

Signed, inscribed and dated on counter-enamel 'Henry Prince of Wales / Son of James 1.st / London Oct. 1845. Painted by / Henry Pierce bone. Enamel / Painter to Her Majesty & H.R.H. / Prince Albert &c From the Original by Vansomer in the / Collection of the Earl of / Craven, Combe Abbey'

Henry Pierce Bone was the son of the famous enamel painter Henry Bone. Like his father, whose style he emulated, many of his enamels were copied from full-scale paintings. He enjoyed royal patronage and was appointed enamel painter to Queen Caroline, the Duchess of Kent, and Princess Victoria in 1833 and Prince Albert in 1841.

Henry, Prince of Wales (1594-1612) was the eldest son of James I (reigned 1603-25) who died of typhoid fever aged 8. Painted some 235 years after his death, this appears to be a copy of the full-length portrait by Robert Peake, dated about 1610, in the National Portrait Gallery, London.