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Christopher Anstey with his daughter

1 of 4 portraits of Christopher Anstey

Christopher Anstey with his daughter, by William Hoare, circa 1775 - NPG 3084 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Christopher Anstey with his daughter

by William Hoare
oil on canvas, circa 1775
49 3/4 in. x 39 3/4 in. (1265 mm x 1010 mm)
Bequeathed by Mrs C.M. Sambourne-Palmer, 1940
Primary Collection
NPG 3084


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  • Christopher Anstey (1724-1805), Poet. Sitter associated with 4 portraits.
  • Mary Ann Anstey (1763-1829), Eldest daughter of Christopher Anstey. Sitter associated with 1 portrait.

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  • William Hoare (1707-1792), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 73 portraits, Sitter in 6 portraits.

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He is shown here with one of his four daughters who playfully tries to distract him from his work. Her toy is actually a fashion doll like those sent from Paris to guide dressmakers in the latest styles. Its towering feathered hair-style is clearly meant to recall Anstey's satire of such extremes of modern female fashion.

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