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.
by John Finlayson, after Hugh Douglas Hamilton
by James Watson, after Hugh Douglas Hamilton
mezzotint, published 1771
by Richard Earlom, published by Robert Sayer, after Hugh Douglas Hamilton
mezzotint, published 1 May 1771