Early Georgian Portraits Catalogue: Hooke

The following text is from the National Portrait Gallery collection catalogue: John Kerslake, Early Georgian Portraits, Her Majesty's Stationery Office, 1977 (now out of print). For the most up to date research on the Collection, we recommend reading the information provided in the Search the Collection results on this website in parallel with this text. This can be accessed by following the link with each portrait’s title.

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Nathaniel (or Nathanael) Hooke (d.1763)
Author; nephew of Nathaniel Hooke, the elder (1716-96); friend of Pope and disciple of Fenelon; admitted 1702 to Lincoln's Inn; wrote, at her dictation, An Account of the Conduct of the Dowager Duchess of Marlborough . . . 1710, published 1742; Roman History . . ., published 1738-71; Travels of Cyrus, with a Discourse on Mythology, translated from the French of Sir Andrew Michael Ramsay, appeared 1739; a denunciation of Chesterfield's Letters, 1791.

68 By Bartholomew Dandridge
Oil on canvas, 49 ½ x 39 ½ in. (1258 x 1003 mm); dark brown eyes, full lips, cleft chin, grey wig falling behind his back; wine-red coat, open, with gold lace buttonholes in pairs, white neck-band, shirt ruffle and wrist ruffles, blue drapery folded over his right arm and encircling the body; two books, unlettered, one upright on which he rests his right hand, on a masonry table; plain brown background, darker on the left, a pillar, right; lit from the left.

Signed on the masonry, bottom left: B Dandridge Pinxit, the 'B' and the 'D' joined.

Identification rests on provenance. NPG 68 was not dated or engraved.

Condition: the face slightly rubbed, small retouchings and losses in the varnish up the left edge; surface cleaned, lined (twice), restored and varnished between 1859 and 1902; a small puncture in the drapery, lower left, repaired in 1887.

Collections: presented, 1859, by George 4th Baron Boston whose grandfather, Frederick, the 2nd Baron (1749-1825), a personal friend of Hooke, erected the tablet to him in Hedsor church in 1801. According to a letter of 26 July 1858 from Lord Boston to Disraeli, a Trustee of the NPG, the portrait was bequeathed to the 2nd Lord Boston 'as a mark of regard'. [1]

Exhibited: ‘NPE', 1867 (405)

Iconography
No other portrait from life is now known although, in a letter dated 15 May 1740, Pope wrote to Ralph Allen that 'Vandyst has made an Excellent Picture of Mr Hook, which I hope will fall to your Lott. I will sit to him too, when we meet at your house'. [2] General Wade who offered to help Hooke's son Thomas enter the army was also painted by Johann Van Diest (see below, George Wade, NPG 1594). [3]

Notes
1. NPG archives.
2. The Correspondence of Alexander Pope, ed. George Sherburn, 1956, IV, p.239.
3. Ibid, pp.353, 357-58.