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William Prewett Important Miniature Portrait c 1745


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A strong enamel on copper painting by William Prewett, depicting James Thomson. Thompson (1700 - 1748) was a Scottish poet and playwright, best known now for writing the lyrics to "Rule Britannia". The case is original, but engraved as follows several years after the death of the sitter: James Thomson/Poet/1700 - 1748.

The condition of the painting and the case is excellent. Overall size is 1 7/8" by 1 5/8".

BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE: According to Foskett: "William Prewett (or Prewitt) (fl. 1735 - 1750?) was born in Suffolk...was a pupil of C.F. Zincke and one of the best enamellists of the British school. Miniatures by him are scarce." Prewett's sitters included King George II, the Prince of Wales, and Horace Walpole.

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