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An enamel portrait of an unknown young Gentleman, wearing brown coat and blue waistcoat, his hair powdered 

William Prewett (fl.1735-55)

An enamel portrait of an unknown young Gentleman, wearing brown coat and blue waistcoat, his hair powdered, William Prewett
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Enamel on copper
18th Century
Oval, 51mm (2in) high
 
Provenance:
The collection of the late Daphne Foskett (acquired prior to 1965; collection no. 101); Thence by descent.
Literature:
British Portrait Miniatures, Scottish Arts Council Gallery (exhibition catalogue), Edinburgh 1965, no. 393; D. Foskett, Collecting Miniatures, London, 1979, p.173, pl.39H; D. Foskett, Miniatures Dictionary and Guide, Woodbridge, 1987, p.173, pl.39H; S. Lloyd, Portrait Miniatures from the Daphne Foskett Collection, Scottish National Portrait Gallery (exhibition catalogue), Edinburgh 2003, cat. 21, p. 74, illus. p.74.
Exhibited:
British Portrait Miniatures, Scottish Arts Council Gallery, Edinburgh 1965, no. 393; Portrait Miniatures from the Daphne Foskett Collection, Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh, 2003, cat. 21.
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William Prewett (or Prewitt) was a Suffolk born artist who trained in the studio of C.F. Zincke. He became one of the earliest English-born portrait enamellers. His work is rare but shows a wide group of patrons, including King George II and Frederick, Prince of Wales (Royal Collection, currently attributed to Prewett), and Horace Walpole as a young man (Collection of the Duke of Buccleuch and Queensberry). The Victoria and Albert Museum houses an interesting family group by Prewett depicting Mr. and Mrs. Knight with her son, Mr. Newsham. This group further establishes Prewett’s connection to Zincke, who also worked for the family.
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