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HENRY PIERCE BONE (BRITISH, 1779-1855)
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HENRY PIERCE BONE (BRITISH, 1779-1855)

The Winter Queen, Princess Elizabeth (1596-1662), Queen of Bohemia, in black silk dress with slashed sleeve revealing white underdress, décolleté lace collar, large jewel-set gold brooch with drop-pearl fastened at corsage, large pearl necklace and large drop-pearl earrings, pearls entwined in her plaited dark hair dressed in ringlets; dark sky background

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HENRY PIERCE BONE (BRITISH, 1779-1855)
The Winter Queen, Princess Elizabeth (1596-1662), Queen of Bohemia, in black silk dress with slashed sleeve revealing white underdress, décolleté lace collar, large jewel-set gold brooch with drop-pearl fastened at corsage, large pearl necklace and large drop-pearl earrings, pearls entwined in her plaited dark hair dressed in ringlets; dark sky background
signed, dated and fully inscribed on the counter-enamel 'Elizabeth Queen of Bohemia London Augt. 1844. Painted by Henry Pierce Bone Enamel Painter to Her Majesty & H.RH Prince Albert &c From the Original by Honthorst in the Collection of the Earl of Craven, Combe Abbey.'
enamel on copper
oval, 4¼ in. (108 mm.) high, rectangular gilt-wood and gesso frame with pierced foliate surround, surmounted by a sea-shell and pierced foliate scrolls
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Princess Elizabeth, Queen of Bohemia was the daughter of King James I of England and Queen Anne of Denmark and sister of Charles, later King of England. The present portrait is based on the original by Gerrit van Honthorst formerly in the Collection of the Earl of Craven, bequeathed to the National Gallery, London in 1965 by the Countess of Craven of Combe Abbey. The abbey was the childhood home of Princess Elizabeth until events surrounding the Gunpowder Plot forced her to flee to nearby Coventry for safety.
The painting by Honthorst, signed and dated 1642, was painted during Princess Elizabeth's exile in The Hague ten years after the death of her husband, Frederick V, Count Palatine of the Rhine and Elector of the Holy Roman Empire, called the Winter King. He lost the throne of Bohemia in the Battle of the White Hill in 1620 when Catholic forces advanced on Prague and forced the Protestant couple to flee Bohemia.
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