A gentleman by William Prewett,
enamel on copper, signed, circa 1740.
Signed examples of Prewett's work are exceedingly rare.
Set in a gold frame with blue glass and glazed reverse revealing plaited hair.
1 3/4 inches (4.4 cm) high.
William Prewett (fl.1735-1750?) was considered by Mrs. Foskett to have been one of the best enamellists of the British School. A student of Zincke, most of his works surpass his master's. Prewett rarely signed and his works are rare. Examples may be seen in the Victoria & Albert Museum, the collection of the Duke of Buccleuch and the National Gallery, Dublin.