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    Sale 7806

    Lord St. Helens and Sir William FitzHerbert The Collections of a Diplomat and a Courtier

    22 January 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 598

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

    Summer; and Autumn

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    William Hoare of Bath, R.A. (1707 - 1792)
    Summer; and Autumn
    pastel on paper laid down on linen
    23 x 17 3/8 in. (58.4 x 44.2 cm.)
    in the original George II giltwood swept frames
    a pair (2)


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    William Hoare of Bath executed several known versions of these subjects, inspired by Rosalba Carriera (1675-1757). Rosalba's Four Seasons were purely decorative; depicting four young women revealing their charms with perfect propriety under the guise of allegory. Hoare's interpretations of the subject on the other hand are a 'distillation of memories of antique sculpture' (E. Newby, William Hoare of Bath R.A. 1707-1792, 1990, p. 46). The figures are variations on the theme of classical Venuses. Summer's pose is an adaptation from the Venus Callypiga in the Farnese Collection and Autumn's hairstyle can be seen in many antique statutes (E. Newby, William Hoare of Bath R.A. 1707-1792, 1990, p. 47). As Hoare repeatedly returned to the subject of the Four Seasons his style changed from rococo to neo-classicism. The hard edges and crisp clarity of the drawings in the present lot place them in the second category.

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    Provenance

    Alleyne FitzHerbert, 1st Baron St. Helens (1753-1839), by whom given to his nephew's wife, Lady Agnes FitzHerbert.


    Literature

    A Catalogue of some of the Pictures at Tissington Hall the seat of Sir William FitzHerbert Baronet, 1859, as 'Venus and Diana, crayons, by Rosalba.'
    N. FitzHerbert, Tissington Hall - Pictures, 1938, nos. 162 - 163.