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An important portrait miniature of sculptor Sir Francis Leggatt Chantrey, R.A. (1782-1841), in black morning suit, blue waistcoat with gold fob-seal, standing three-quarter length beside the bust of William Hyde Wollaston, F.R.S. (1766-1828) on a plinth
signed, dated and inscribed on the counter-enamel 'Francis Chantrey Sculptor. R.A. London 1831 Painted in Enamel by Henry Bone R.A. Enamel painter to His Majesty &c &c after the Original by J. Jackson R.A.'
enamel on copper
rectangular, 9½ x 7 3/8 in. (242 x 188 mm.), frosted gilt-metal mount, engraved 'Sir Francis Chantrey RA Enamel HBone, R.A.', in rectangular green velvet-lined dark green leather travelling case with easel stand
A note enclosed in left panel of the travelling case is inscribed by Lady Chantrey, 'With affectionate love from M.A.C. to her dear friend Miss Burdett Coutts June 29th 1869'.
Lady Mary Chantrey (1787-1875), given in 1869 to Angela Georgina Burdett-Coutts, 1st Baroness Burdett-Coutts (1814-1902).
The Rt. Hon. William Burdett-Coutts, M.P. (c. 1851-1921); (+) Christie's, London, 11 May 1922, lot 412 (40 gns. to Guerin).
Leo R. Schidlof (1886-1966) Collection, Vienna, in 1924.
Christie's, London, 4 March 1992, lot 95.
H. Clouzot, Dictionnaire des miniaturistes sur émail, Paris, 1924, p. 31.
L. R. Schidlof, The Miniature in Europe, Graz, 1964, I, p. 93.
R. Walker, Regency Portraits, London, 1985, I, p. 105.
R. Walker, 'Henry Bone's Pencil Drawings', The Walpole Society, LXI, 1999, p. 318, no. 99.
London, Royal Academy, 1831, no. 455.
London, New Gallery, Exhibition of the Royal House of Guelph, 1891.
Vienna, Albertina, Internationale Miniaturen-Ausstellung in der Albertina Wien, 1924, no. 102 (lent by Leo R. Schidlof).
Geneva, Musée d'Art et d'Histoire, Chefs-d'oeuvre de la Miniature et de la Gouache, 1956, no. 50.
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Lot Essay

In 1807, William Hyde Wollaston patented his design of the camera lucida, the scientific instrument used by Sir Francis Chantrey to project an image onto a plate from which a tracing could be made. As well as a great inventor, Wollaston was regarded as the most skilful chemist and mineralogist of his day and was responsible for the discovery of palladium and rhodium. A plaster bust by Chantrey of Wollaston is in the Ashmolean Museum (inv. no. 664-152) and is incised 'Died 22 Dec 1828 WILLIAM HYDE WOLLASTON M.D. V.P.R.S. FC.', and a marble bust made in 1829 for Mrs Seymour Bathurst and presented by Lord Bathurst to the Royal Institution in 1879, is incised 'WILLIAM HYDE WOLLASTON CHANTREY. SC 1830'.
Henry Bone's preparatory drawing of the present enamel is illustrated in R. Walker, Regency Portraits, London, 1985, II, pl. 231. The drawing, and a sketch of Bone made by Chantrey, are in the National Portrait Gallery (NPG D17472 and NPG 316a [13b], respectively).
A version of Jackson's portrait is in the Tate Gallery, London (inv. no. 3672).

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