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Portrait enamel of Sir Edward Dering, 6th Bt. (1732-1798) 

Nathaniel Hone the Elder (17181784)

Portrait enamel of Sir Edward Dering, 6th Bt. (1732-1798), Nathaniel Hone the Elder
Enamel on copper
18th Century
Oval, 1 5/16 in. (33 in.) high
Gilt-metal bracelet frame with diamond surround the reverse engraved 'Sir Edward Dering. (6th Bart) of Surrenden-Dering. Kent. Born Sept. 20th 1732. Died Dec. 8th 1798.'

Nathaniel Hone was born in Dublin in 1718 and after a brief period spent as a journeyman artist settled in London around 1742 before studying in Rome where he became a member of the Academy of Florence. Hone was a multi-talented artist, and although excelled in the portrait miniature medium, he also was a highly successful painter in oils as well as a competent engraver.

Between 1760-8 Hone exhibited at the Incorporated Society of Art and the following year became involved with the Royal Academy, where he is listed as a founding member.

Hone was clearly an outspoken character and in 1775 tried to exhibit a satirical portrait in which he mocked Joshua Reynolds and his former lover Angelica Kauffmann causing one of the biggest scandals in the eighteenth century art world.

His miniatures show a distinct freshness and are almost exclusively of small, intimate dimensions, and show an obvious preoccupation with bold, intense colouring.

Sir Edward Dering, 6th Bt. (1732-1798) was the son of Sir Edward Dering, 5th Bt. and Mary Henshaw and was one of five baronets of the Dering family who consecutively sat for Kent since 1640. He married, firstly, Selina Furnese and, secondly, Deborah Winchester. He was an MP for New Romney until 1770 when he left to accept the Stewardship of the Chiltern Hundreds. He returned to his seat in 1774 but left Parliament in 1787 to accept the Stewardship of the Manor of East Hendred.
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