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WILLIAM HOARE OF BATH, R.A. (1707-1792)

WILLIAM HOARE OF BATH, R.A. (1707-1792)

PORTRAIT OF A LADY IN PEARLS

Pastels on paper laid to canvas

61 x 45.5 cm

 

PROVENANCE:

Private Collection, Buckinghamshire

 

LITERATURE:

N. Jeffares, Dictionary of Pastellists before 1800, online edition, J.395.18394

 

 

 

 

 

 

We are grateful to Dr Neil Jeffares for confirming the attribution of this work on the basis of digital photographs, and for assisting with its cataloguing. For a comprehensive biographical account of the artist, please see Dr Jeffares' article on Hoare.

 

The present work is closely comparable to many of Hoare's half-portraits in pastels, representative examples being Portrait of the Countess of Abergaveny (sold at Sotheby's, London, 14.07.2010, Lot 47) and his Portrait of the Duchess of Norfolk (Arundel Castle). 

 

 

Hoare was a prominent portrait painter and draughtsman who worked in both oils and pastels. Born at Eye, Suffolk, probably in 1707, the son of a prosperous farmer and brother to the sculptor Prince Hoare. Hoare studied under the Italian artist Guiseppe Grisoni, with whom he went to Italy 1728. He remained on the continent for nine years, studying under 'Imperiali' (Francesco Fernandi) and supporting himself comfortably by copying famous masterpieces whilst living in Rome. Hoare returned to Britain and settled in Bath 1739, becoming its most fashionable portraitist until the arrival of Gainsborough in 1759. Even with the young Gainsborough's ascendance, Hoare remained in demand until he retired from painting in around 1779. 

 

William’s son Prince Hoare (1755–1835), also a painter, studied under him, Anton Raphael Mengs, and Henry Fuseli in Rome, but gave up painting for writing after 1785.

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