Painting attributed to Nathaniel Hone, ARA (1718-1784) Portrait of a boy, Probably the artists son John Camillus Hone.

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Painting attributed to Nathaniel Hone, ARA (1718-1784) Portrait of a boy, Probably the artists son John Camillus Hone.

19,000.00

Painting attributed to Nathaniel Hone, ARA (1718-1784)

Provenance: Purchased in Ireland in 1971 for £600

Lawrences of Crewkerne, Fine Art Sale on Friday 22nd January, Paintings & Furniture (see below)

Quarter length, wearing a red coat Portrait of a boy, Probably the artists son John Camillus Hone.

white neckcloth and patterned waistcoat, a spaniel at his side, oil on canvas.

74.5 x 61.5cm

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Purchased by the owner’s mother in Ireland in 1971 for £600

The artist had ten children, five girls and five boys, but only five of them survived infancy. John Camillus (1759-1836) was undoubtedly his father’s favourite. He appeared in several of his father’s principal portraits, including the “the piping boy” (1769) and “the Spartan boy” (1775). It is likely he was the sitter in Hone’s “Portrait of a boy, holding a red folio” (probably Royal Academy,1771, sold at Christies London, May 12th, 2005, lot 49). This portrait shows a more refined young gentleman than the rustic youth depicted in “The Spartan boy”; it may date from C1776-C1777and coincide with Master Hone’s first exhibition and the Royal Academy in 1776.

The style of portrait may be compared with Hone’s portrait of Master Frances Hale (C1758-1827), sold at Christies, London, May 17th, 2002, lot 28.