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An unknown Gentleman


Artist: Nathaniel Hone

Wearing a gold trimmed white lined lilac coat and gold trimmed white waistcoat
Signed and dated 1763 on the obverse, the reverse with initials JH and locks of interwoven hair, set into the original gold bracelet clasp frame

Nathaniel, a fine Irish artist, was born on 24th April 1718 and was brought up in Dublin by his Dutch father. He appears to have been self-taught as an artist, specializing in miniatures and small enamels, He married, and in the 1740's travelled to London to get work as an itinerant artist. He was involved briefly with the Society of Artists, but left when he threw in his lot and became a founder member of the Royal Academy. It was launched in 1768 under the leadership of Sir Joshua.
More Information
Year                 1763
Medium                 Watercolour on ivory
Signed                 Signed and dated
Literature                 Paul Caffrey, John Comerford and the Portrait Miniature in Ireland c. 1620-1850, at the Kilkenny Archaeological Society, 1999, p. 22, Number 17, illustrated in colour p. 34 .
The Comerford Collection: Portrait Miniatures (Dublin, privately published
Exhibition                 Comerford Collection at the Irish Architectural Archives in Dublin, in 2009.
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