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PORTRAIT OF A GENTLEMAN
WEARING A BLUE COAT WITH GOLD BRAID EDGING
ATTRIBUTED TO WILLIAM HOARE OF BATH RA
Oil on canvas 36 x 27 ¾ inches
Framed size 43 ¼ x 35 inches
William Hoare was born in Eye, Suffolk, in 1707, son of a wealthy farmer. He received a classical education and studied art under Grisoni and accompanied him to Italy in 1728, spending nine years mainly in Rome and there studied under Francesco Fernandi.
He returned to England and settled in Bath in 1739 where he lived for the next fifty years.
Hoare established a highly successful practice painting portraits in crayons and oils and became the favourite portraitist of the Duke of Newcastle and his family.
Circa 1743 he married Elizabeth Barker a London merchant’s daughter.
In 1752 he travelled to London to paint several portraits of the Pelham family.
William Hoare painted major portraits of political figures, including Pelham and Newcastle in the 1740s and 1750s.
He had a successful practice and among his assistants were Henry Leake and John Taylor.
He exhibited his work at the Society of Artists and the Royal Academy from 1761 to 1779 and was elected an associate in 1769, soon after its foundation.
William was a frequent visitor to Stourhead and Henry Hoare was amongst his most enthusiastic patrons.
Throughout the 1760s and 1770s Hoare’s portraits developed a softer, more natural style. The sitters are less likely to be posed and instead appear to be interrupted at their daily tasks. Under Gainsborough’s influence the brush work becomes more feathery. The colour schemes of his pastel style are simplified and muted.
William died in Bath aged 84 in December 1792.
Like many crayon portraitists of his time, most of his pastels were produced in narrow proportions for the practical reason that standard glass usually came like that. His portraits are of the highest caliber and the sitters are sensitively portrayed.
He was particularly gifted at painting sitters hands as can be seen in this portrait.
Works Represented: Stourhead; National Portrait Gallery, London; Victoria & Albert Museum London; Plas Newydd; Rhode Island School of Design.
Bibl: Dictionary of Portrait Painters – Brian Stewart & Mervyn Cutten
Dictionary of British 18th Century Painters in Oils and Crayons – Ellis Waterhouse
|Height||36.00 inch||(91.44 cm)|
|Width||27.75 inch||(70.48 cm)|
|External Height||43.25 inch||(109.85 cm)|
|External Width||35.00 inch||(88.90 cm)|
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