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The Rienzi Collection

View one of the world's finest collections of Worcester porcelain and experience the glory of 18th-century Englad at Rienzi's collection and gardens

English, 1779 - 1855
Frederick Joseph Landgrave of Hesse, Hambourg
Enamel on metal and ormolu

3 x 2 3/8 inches (7.6 x 6 cm)

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

The MFAH, The Rienzi Collection, bequest of Caroline A. Ross

The Rienzi Collection

Although portrait miniatures painted in watercolor on vellum or ivory are more commonly found today, those painted in enamel were also popular from the 17th through the 19th centuries. The technique was difficult and exacting but resulted in a brilliantly-colored likeness which would never fade.

Henry Pierce Bone was one of the most accomplished enamellists in 19th-century England. He eventually became enamel painter to Queen Victoria. Bone´s work for the Royal family possibly led to the commission for this impressive portrait of Frederick VI (1769—1829), Landgrave of Hesse-Homburg. Frederick, an officer in the Austrian Army, served during the French Revolution and Napoleonic Wars. Late in life he married Elizabeth, the third daughter of King George III.