John Williams Hope was a banker and merchant. The son of William Williams, he assumed the name of Hope on his marriage to Ann, niece and heiress of Henry Hope. A banker in Amsterdam, he was one of the eight statesman of Holland 1794-1806.
A miniature of the sitter by Richard Cosway, signed and dated 1796, was sold from the di Portanova Collection, Christie's, New York, 20 October 2000, lot 37 and is illustrated in D. Foskett, Miniatures: Dictionary and Guide, Woodbridge, 1987, p. 360, pl. 104C.