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Regency Portraits Catalogue

Prince Hoare (1755-1834), Painter and dramatist; son of William Hoare

c.1778-80
Oil by Northcote painted probably during their travels together in Italy 1778-80, and engraved by Ridley for The Monthly Mirror, 1 September 1798; a pencil and watercolour copy by Jackson is in the Victoria Art Gallery, Bath (reproduced Apollo, May 1927, p 203).

1779
Oil self-portrait in Uffizi, probably painted for presentation to the Gallery, head and shoulders profile to right in a plumed hat in the manner of Rembrandt, signed: P. Hoare, exhibited 'Firenze e l'Inghilterra' in the Palazzo Pitti, Florence, 1971 (57) reproduced in catalogue.

1780-5
Oil self-portrait in Royal Academy, profile to left painted from his reflection in a mirror, exhibited 'Treasures of the RA', 1963 (28); no evidence supports the tradition that it was finished by Gainsborough.

1780
Oil self-portrait in the Uffizi given by Hoare to the Accademia di Belle Arti in July 1780 (Northcote, Memorials, p 180), head and shoulders profile to right in Van Dyck costume, signed and dated: P. Hoare/1780, exhibited 'Firenze e l'Inghilterra' 1971 (56) reproduced in catalogue.

c.1797-8
Portrait by Northcote, not mentioned in James Northcote's list of paintings but engraved by Condé for The European Magazine, 1 March 1798, profile to left in a voluminous bow-tie.

1798
Chalk drawing by Dance in British Museum (Laurence Binyon, Catalogue of Drawings by British Artists … in the British Museum, II, p 4), profile dated: Nov. 12. 1798, exhibited RA engraved by W. Daniel 1814, and sold Christie's 1 July 1898 (67).

c.1800
Oil by Opie possibly that exhibited RA 1800 (79) as 'Mr Hoare', and later engraved by Hopwood for The Cabinet, 1 July 1807.

c.1804
Portrait by De Wilde exhibited RA 1804 (511).

1813
Miniature by Satchwell exhibited RA 1813 (487).

1815
Bust by Garrard exhibited RA 1815 (879).

c.1822
Bust by Bonomi of which a cast dated 1822 was destroyed in the Crystal Palace fire 1936 (Rupert Gunnis, Dictionary of British Sculptors 1660-1851, 1953, p 58); the marble may have been that exhibited RA 1835 (1087).

c.1826
Oil sketch by Lawrence of the head only was sold Anderson's Gallery, New York 17-19 February 1926 (158) bought Samuel Seabury (Kenneth Garlick, ‘Catalogue of Paintings, Drawings and Pastels of Sir Thomas Lawrence’ in Walpole Society Journal, XXXIX, 1964, p 106). Charles Turner's mezzotint, published 1831, was probably used for Brockedon's drawing, NPG 2515 (27). Replicas are in Victoria Art Gallery, Bath, and at Agnew's 'Pictures under £1000’ exhibited 1968 (23) as by Margaret Carpenter.

c.1830
Oil attributed to British School early 19th century, in the Foundling Hospital, three-quarter-length seated holding a paper (Benedict Nicolson, Treasures of the Foundling Hospital, 1972, p 60, and reproduced in Nichols & Wray, History, 1935, p 279).

1831
Drawing by William Brockedon (NPG 2515(27) and Richard Ormond, National Portrait Gallery: Early Victorian Portraits, 1973, p 554).

Undated
Two self-portraits, a pastel and a miniature, bought for 30 guineas by John Lane from Alfred Jones of Bath in April 1918 (British Museum Add. MSS. 50857).

Oil self-portrait sold by Rev. John Francis Ashton at Christie's 7 June 1918 (104) and again at Christie's 2 August 1918 (150), half-length profile seated to left in red coat, yellow waistcoat, white stock, youthful appearance (sketches in NPG copies of catalogues).



This extended catalogue entry is from the out-of-print National Portrait Gallery collection catalogue: Richard Walker, Regency Portraits, National Portrait Gallery, 1985, and is as published then. For the most up-to-date details on individual Collection works, we recommend reading the information provided in the Search the Collection results on this website in parallel with this text.