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Hugh Douglas Hamilton

(1739-1808)

Artist associated with 40 portraits
Dublin-born Hamilton entered the Dublin Society School of Drawing around 1750 and studied under Robert West and James Mannin. He left the academy in the late 1750s and set up a flourishing business as a portraitist in pastels. By the early 1760s, he had moved to London. He received commissions from the royal family and such grandees as the duke of Northumberland. In 1779, Hamilton moved to Italy, where he lived for twelve years, painting an extensive number of pastel portraits of British and Irish grand tourists. Following the advice of artist John Flaxman, Hamilton turned to oil paintings, and went on to paint the portraits of many of Ireland's leading figures of the day.

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Lord Halifax and his secretaries, attributed to Daniel Gardner, after  Hugh Douglas Hamilton - NPG 3328

Lord Halifax and his secretaries

attributed to Daniel Gardner, after Hugh Douglas Hamilton
gouache, circa 1765-1767
NPG 3328

Samuel Ireland, by Hugh Douglas Hamilton - NPG 4302

Samuel Ireland

by Hugh Douglas Hamilton
pastel on grey paper, 1776
NPG 4302

Unknown woman, formerly known as Louisa, Countess of Albany, attributed to Hugh Douglas Hamilton - NPG 377

Unknown woman, formerly known as Louisa, Countess of Albany

attributed to Hugh Douglas Hamilton
oil on canvas, circa 1785
NPG 377

Francis Rawdon-Hastings, 1st Marquess of Hastings, attributed to Hugh Douglas Hamilton - NPG 2696

Francis Rawdon-Hastings, 1st Marquess of Hastings

attributed to Hugh Douglas Hamilton
oil on panel, circa 1801
NPG 2696

Walter Hussey Burgh, by William Barnard, after  Hugh Douglas Hamilton - NPG D919

Walter Hussey Burgh

by William Barnard, after Hugh Douglas Hamilton
mezzotint, probably late 18th century
NPG D919

Elizabeth Bridgetta Gulston (née Stepney), by Richard Earlom, published by  Robert Sayer, after  Hugh Douglas Hamilton - NPG D35068

Elizabeth Bridgetta Gulston (née Stepney)

by Richard Earlom, published by Robert Sayer, after Hugh Douglas Hamilton
mezzotint, published 4 December 1771
NPG D35068

Charlotte Holden (née Spencer), by Valentine Green, published by  Robert Sayer, after  Hugh Douglas Hamilton - NPG D35906

Charlotte Holden (née Spencer)

by Valentine Green, published by Robert Sayer, after Hugh Douglas Hamilton
mezzotint, published 1 August 1771
NPG D35906

Polly Kennedy (Polly Jones), by James Watson, after  Hugh Douglas Hamilton - NPG D36836

Polly Kennedy (Polly Jones)

by James Watson, after Hugh Douglas Hamilton
mezzotint, published 1771
NPG D36836

Polly Kennedy (Polly Jones), by Robert Laurie, printed for  Robert Sayer, after  Hugh Douglas Hamilton - NPG D1532

Polly Kennedy (Polly Jones)

by Robert Laurie, printed for Robert Sayer, after Hugh Douglas Hamilton
mezzotint, published 20 October 1771
NPG D1532

Anne Boyle (née Courtenay), Countess of Cork and Orrery, by James Watson, after  Hugh Douglas Hamilton - NPG D1555

Anne Boyle (née Courtenay), Countess of Cork and Orrery

by James Watson, after Hugh Douglas Hamilton
mezzotint, published 1771
NPG D1555

Elizabeth Hartley (née White), by Richard Houston, after  Hugh Douglas Hamilton - NPG D2963

Elizabeth Hartley (née White)

by Richard Houston, after Hugh Douglas Hamilton
mezzotint, (1771)
NPG D2963

Isaac Barré, by Richard Houston, after  Hugh Douglas Hamilton - NPG D640

Isaac Barré

by Richard Houston, after Hugh Douglas Hamilton
mezzotint, published 1771
NPG D640

Prince William Henry, 1st Duke of Gloucester and Edinburgh, by Richard Earlom, published by  Robert Sayer, after  Hugh Douglas Hamilton - NPG D20145

Prince William Henry, 1st Duke of Gloucester and Edinburgh

by Richard Earlom, published by Robert Sayer, after Hugh Douglas Hamilton
mezzotint, published 1 May 1771
NPG D20145

Anne Brooksbank (née Gataker), by John Raphael Smith, after  Hugh Douglas Hamilton - NPG D32191

Anne Brooksbank (née Gataker)

by John Raphael Smith, after Hugh Douglas Hamilton
mezzotint, published 1772
NPG D32191

Thomas King, by John Raphael Smith, published by  Samuel Hooper, after  Hugh Douglas Hamilton - NPG D36876

Thomas King

by John Raphael Smith, published by Samuel Hooper, after Hugh Douglas Hamilton
mezzotint, published 1 January 1772
NPG D36876

Elizabeth Cox (née Green), by Robert Laurie, after  Hugh Douglas Hamilton - NPG D1531

Elizabeth Cox (née Green)

by Robert Laurie, after Hugh Douglas Hamilton
mezzotint, published 1772
NPG D1531

Anne Boyle (née Courtenay), Countess of Cork and Orrery, by James Watson, after  Hugh Douglas Hamilton - NPG D1556

Anne Boyle (née Courtenay), Countess of Cork and Orrery

by James Watson, after Hugh Douglas Hamilton
mezzotint, published 1772
NPG D1556

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