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Christian Friedrich Zincke

A Young Lady called Henrietta Boyle by Christian Friedrich Zincke.

Christian Friedrich Zincke (1683-5 – 24 March 1767) was a German miniature painter active in England in the 18th century.


He was born in Dresden and died in London. He apprenticed his father and also studied painting. In 1706 he came to London to work at Charles Boit's studio, and when Boit left for France eight years later Zincke inherited many of his fashionable clients. He went on to become the most successful enamel painter of his era.

Suffering from poor eyesight in the later 1740s, he passed on his business to James Deacon.[1]

Painting techniques

Zincke painted using existing portraits for reference, but also painted from life. To create skin tones he used a stipple technique of tiny red dots, sometimes described as 'measles'.



  1. Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1900. 

External links

  • Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1900. 
  • Works by him at the National Portrait Gallery
  • Image of Zincke and his wife

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