Nathaniel Hone the Elder

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Self-portrait by Nathaniel Hone, circa 1760 Nathaniel Hone by Nathaniel Hone.jpg
Self-portrait by Nathaniel Hone, circa 1760
Nathaniel Hone, 1718-84, Portrait of Harry Earl Aged 15. 1758, watercolour on ivory. Victoria & Albert Museum, London. Nathanielhone.jpg
Nathaniel Hone, 1718-84, Portrait of Harry Earl Aged 15. 1758, watercolour on ivory. Victoria & Albert Museum, London.

Nathaniel Hone RA (24 April 1718 14 August 1784) was an Irish-born portrait and miniature painter, and one of the founder members of the Royal Academy in 1768.

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Portrait miniature very small painting

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Early life

The son of a Dublin-based Dutch merchant, Hone moved to England as a young man and, after marrying Molly Earle - daughter of the Duke of Argyll - in 1742, eventually settled in London, by which time he had acquired a reputation as a portrait-painter. While his paintings were popular, his reputation was particularly enhanced by his skill at producing miniatures and enamels. He interrupted his time in London by spending two years (1750–52) studying in Italy.

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Works

As a portrait painter, several of his works are now held at the National Portrait Gallery in London. His sitters included magistrate Sir John Fielding and Methodist preacher John Wesley, and General Richard Wilford and Sir Levett Hanson in a double portrait. [2] [3] He often used his son John Camillus Hone (1745-1836) in some of his works, including his unique portrait of "The Spartan Boy," painted in 1774.

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John Fielding British judge

Sir John Fielding was a notable English magistrate and social reformer of the 18th century. He was also the younger half-brother of novelist, playwright and chief magistrate Henry Fielding. Despite being blinded in a navy accident at the age of 19, John set up his own business and, in his spare time, studied law with Henry. Fielding was known as the "Blind Beak" for his ability to identify criminals by the sound of their voices.

John Wesley Christian theologian

John Wesley was an English cleric, theologian and evangelist who was a leader of a revival movement within the Church of England known as Methodism. The societies he founded became the dominant form of the independent Methodist movement that continues to present.

The Conjuror

He courted controversy in 1775 when his satirical picture The Conjurer (National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin) was seen to attack the fashion for Italian Renaissance art and to ridicule Sir Joshua Reynolds, leading the Royal Academy to reject the painting. It also originally included a nude caricature of fellow Academician Angelica Kauffman in the top left corner, which was painted out by Hone after Kauffman complained to the academy. The combination of a little girl and an old man has also been seen as symbolic of Kauffman and Reynolds's closeness, age difference, and rumoured affair. [4] To show that his reputation was undamaged, Hone organised a one-man retrospective in London, the first such solo exhibition of an artist's work. [5]

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Joshua Reynolds 18th-century English painter, specialising in portraits

Sir Joshua Reynolds was an English painter, specialising in portraits. John Russell said he was one of the major European painters of the 18th century. He promoted the "Grand Style" in painting which depended on idealization of the imperfect. He was a founder and first president of the Royal Academy of Arts, and was knighted by George III in 1769.

Angelica Kauffman 18th/19th-century Swiss Neoclassical painter

Maria Anna Angelika Kauffmann, usually known in English as Angelica Kauffman, was a Swiss Neoclassical painter who had a successful career in London and Rome. Remembered primarily as a history painter, Kauffmann was a skilled portraitist, landscape and decoration painter. She was one of the two female founding members of the Royal Academy in London in 1768.

Family

The Hone family is related to the old Dutch landed family the van Vianens, who hold the hereditary title of Vrijheer. His great-grand-nephew shared the same name and was also a notable Irish painter, known as Nathaniel Hone the Younger (1831–1917). He is also a relation to painter Evie Hone. [8]

Hone family

The Hone family is an Anglo-Irish family dating back to the Cromwellian conquest of Ireland when Samuel Hone arrived with the Parliamentary army in 1649. The family is believed to be of Dutch extraction, although no connection to the Netherlands has yet been found.

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Nathaniel Hone the Younger Irish artist

Nathaniel Hone the Younger was an Irish painter, the great-grand-nephew of a better-known painter, Nathaniel Hone.

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References

  1. "Portrait of Harry Earl Aged 15". Paintings & Drawings. Victoria and Albert Museum. Archived from the original on 2011-08-12. Retrieved 2007-10-14.
  2. Double Portrait of General Richard Wilford and Sir Levett Hanson, 1777, Nathaniel Hone (R.A.), Artfact.com
  3. Thomas Gainsborough and Picture Framing, Jacob Simon, The National Portrait Gallery, npg.org.uk
  4. Rosenthal, Angela. (2006) Angelica Kauffman: Art and sensibility. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2006. pp. 226-7. ISBN   9780300103335
  5. Stefanis, Konstantinos. "Nathaniel Hone's 1775 Exhibition: The First Single-Artist Retrospective." Visual Culture in Britain 14.2 (2013): 131-153. https://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14714787.2013.787213
  6. http://www.tate.org.uk/art/artworks/hone-sketch-for-the-conjuror-t00938
  7. http://onlinecollection.nationalgallery.ie/view/objects/asitem/items@null:3257?
  8. Evie Hone