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Henry Bone, R.A. (British, 1755-1834) after an Unknown British Artist, circa 1605-08
Henry Bone, R.A. (British, 1755-1834) after an Unknown British Artist, circa 1605-08

Henry Bone, R.A. (British, 1755-1834) after an Unknown British Artist, circa 1605-08
Thomas Radcliffe, 3rd Earl of Sussex (c.1525-1583), courtier and Lord Deputy of Ireland, wearing the Lesser George of the Order of the Garter
Signed on the obverse 'HBone' (lower right) and signed, dated and inscribed on the counter-enamel 'Thos. Radcliffe: Earl of Sussex. / Knight of the Garter. Captn-Genl- of the / Gentlemen Pensioners, and Gentlemen at / Arms - Lord Chamberlain and Privy / Councellor - Viceroy in Ireland where he / surpressed [sic] all rising rebellion &:&: / Ambassador. He was skilled in most Languages, and of an incorrupt life / London Septr 1816. / Painted by Henry Bone R.A. Enamel pain / ter in Ordinary to His Majesty and Enamel / painter to H.R.H. the Prince Regent / after the Original in the Gallery of the Duke of Dorset. Knole. Kent.'
Enamel on copper
Rectangular, 126 x 100 mm., gilt-metal frame
Sotheby's, London, 28 February 1972, lot 41.
Christie's, London, 27 March 1984, lot 194.
R. Walker, 'Henry Bone's Pencil Drawings', The Walpole Society, LXI, 1999, p. 346, no. 504.

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The sitter was the eldest son of Henry Radcliffe, 2nd Earl of Sussex (1507-1557). As a young man he served in the army. In 1551 he was put in charge of the marriage negotiations between King Edward VI of England and a daughter of Henry II of France, and was subsequently appointed by Queen Mary to secure a union between her and Philip II of Spain.
He married, first, Elizabeth, daughter of Thomas Wriothesley, 1st Earl of Southampton and, secondly, Frances, daughter of Sir William Sidney of Penshurst. Frances was the founder of Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge.
The original painting after which the present portrait derives is by an unknown British Artist, painted circa 1605-08, probably painted for Thomas Sackville, 1st Earl of Dorset (1536-1608). It is in the National Trust Collection at Knole, Kent. Another version of the present enamel by Henry Bone, also dated 1816, is at Kingston Lacy, Dorset (inv. no. NT 1250537). The preparatory drawing for the present work is in the National Portrait Gallery, London (inv. no. NPG D17168).

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