• Old Master & 19th Century Pain auction at Christies

    Sale 7783

    Old Master & 19th Century Paintings, Drawings & Watercolours Day Sale

    9 December 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 222

    William Hoare of Bath, R.A. (Eye 1707-1792 Bath)

    Portrait of a young girl, half-length, in a pink and white dress with a floral sash, feigned oval

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    William Hoare of Bath, R.A. (Eye 1707-1792 Bath)
    Portrait of a young girl, half-length, in a pink and white dress with a floral sash, feigned oval
    pastel on paper
    23½ x 17 5/8 in. (59.7 x 44.8 cm.)
    in a contemporary Kentian-style frame


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    The sitter in the present drawing is believed to be either Jane (b. 1730) or Isobel (b. 1733) Hume, the daughters of Alexander Hume of Fordell, Fifeshire (circa 1693-1765), M.P. for Southwark, and a director of the East India Company between 1737-48.

    In 1733 Hume married Mary, daughter of Sir Thomas Frederick (circa 1680- circa 1730), Governor of Fort St David and Fort St George, Madras, where most of his children were born. He was a director of the South Sea Company and was knighted in 1721. It is probable that the drawing passed down through the family until it was sold in these Rooms by Sir Edward Boscawen Frederick, 9th Bt.

    Visit www.christies.com for additional information on this lot. Born in Eye, Suffolk, Hoare's talent in drawing became apparent from an early age and his father sent him to London for formal training under Giuseppe Grisoni (1699-1769). When Grisoni travelled to Italy in 1728, Hoare accompanied him, travelling to Rome where he remained for nine years studying the works of other artists in the city and meeting young Grand Tourists, many of whom subsequently became patrons.

    Shortly after returning to England in 1738, Hoare moved to Bath where he settled and established a successful career as a portrait painter, executing works for patrons such as Charles Noel Somerset, 4th Duke of Beaufort (1709-1756) and Henry Herbert, 9th Earl of Pembroke (1693-1750).

    The present portrait shows the characteristic marks of Hoare's style in the treatment of the highlights in the sitter's eyes and the definition given to her locks of hair.

    We are grateful to Neil Jeffares for his help in preparing this catalogue entry.

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    Provenance

    Anonymous sale [Sir Edward Frederick, Bt.]; Christie's, London, 16 May 1952, lot 14 (part) (sold 50 gns to Elias).
    The Lord Constantine Collection; Lyon & Turnbull, Edinburgh, 12 October 2007, lot 547.


    Literature

    N. Jeffares, Dictionary of pastellists before 1800, London, 2006, p. 242, illustrated.