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Self Portrait

Photo credit: Worcester Porcelain Museum

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This is a self-portrait of the Royal Worcester Porcelain artist Thomas Bott, who perfected the Worcester Enamels. Imitating enamel work on copper from Limoges, he developed a highly detailed form of decoration, building up layers of white enamel over a deep underglaze blue background to create a dramatic three-dimensional effect. The white enamel was made with arsenic and lead, and Bott died in 1870, aged just 41, reportedly poisoned by licking his brush to obtain a fine point.

Worcester Porcelain Museum





oil on canvas


H 94 x W 84 cm

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gift from Mrs J. Heath of Telford, 1987

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Worcester Porcelain Museum

Severn Street, Worcester, Worcestershire WR1 2ND England

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