An enamel miniature portrait of Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington, after Sir Thomas Lawrence
An enamel miniature portrait of Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington, after Sir Thomas Lawrence

WILLIAM ESSEX (1784-1869)

An enamel miniature portrait of Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington, after Sir Thomas Lawrence

1848 United Kingdom

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wearing a dark coat and the order of the Golden Fleece

William Essex and his brother Alfred worked for and under Charles Muss, enamel painter to William IV, trying to show to the public that works could be executed in enamel possessing the transparency, crispness, and texture of other methods of painting. Essex accordingly painted numerous miniature reproductions of pictures by Correggio, Guido, Wilkie, Abraham Cooper, Sir Joshua Reynolds, and others, displaying the wide capacity of the art. An exhibition of these was held in the spring of 1839, accompanied by a privately printed catalogue. Essex had first exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1818, sending a 'Terrier's Head' after Abraham Cooper, and continued to exhibit copies and portraits there up to 1864. He also contributed to the exhibitions at the British Institution, Suffolk Street Gallery, and the Liverpool Society of Fine Arts. He was appointed enamel-painter to Princess Augusta of Cambridge, in 1839 to Queen Victoria, and subsequently to Prince Albert.

This enamel is based on the portrait by Lawrence which was exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1822.
Dimensions
Height 96.00 cm (37.80 inches)
Stock Code
4486
Medium
painted on enamel
Signed/Inscribed
signed with gold initials on the obverse and inscribed on the reverse Wellington/ after Sir Thos. Lawrence/ Painted by W. Essex. 1848/ Enamel painter t Her Majesty &/ H.R.H. Prince Albert.
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