An unknown but probable Irish Marquess

Artist/Maker HENRY PIERCE BONE (1779-1855)
Dimensions 8.40cm high   
Description wearing ceremonial dress a fur edged red cloak trimmed with gold over black robe and tied cravat
Painted in enamel set in rectangular black papier-mâché frame the gilt mount surmounted with three flowers on a coronet

Although the identity of the sitter remains anonymous the coronet above the portrait indicates that the sitter is a Marquess. A British marquess is entitled to a coronet bearing four strawberry leaves (three visible) and four silver balls (or pearls) around the rim (two visible). The actual coronet is worn mostly on certain ceremonial occasions, but a marquess can bear his coronet of rank on his coat of arms above the shield.
Exhibitions Comerford Collection at the Irish Architectural Archives in Dublin, in 2009.
Literature The Comerford Collection: Portrait Miniatures, (Dublin, privately published, 2009) pp 6, 14 (#9)
Medium Enamel on copper
Ref No. 4499
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