Regency Portraits Catalogue
Horace Hone (1754-1825), Miniature painter; son of Nathaniel Hone
Variant of NPG 1879 in National Gallery of Ireland, inscribed on reverse: Mr H. Hone/ARA and exhibited 'Irish Portraits 1660-1860', NPG, 1969-70 (13), has a more elaborate hair-style or possibly a toupee, a wider expanse of waistcoat, and is apparently slightly later.
Enamel miniature self-portrait, dated: HH 1804 was at Sotheby's Lionel Mozley sale 15 June 1933 re-appearing at Christie's 2 May 1961 (7) bought Woollett.
Unfinished variant, c.1800 ex Williamson collection, was at Sotheby's 18 October 1971 (61) bought Spink.
Horace Hone was one of ten children; his father Nathaniel Hone painted several portraits of his sons; that listed in John Chaloner Smith, British Mezzotint Portraits as Horace as the 'Young David' (mezzotint by Watson published 1778, John Chaloner Smith, British Mezzotint Portraits, 75) is more likely to represent a younger brother as it was exhibited RA 1771 (99) when Horace would have been aged 17; another son is in National Gallery of Ireland, reproduced Anne Crookshank & the Knight of Glin, The Painters of Ireland c.1669-1920, 1978, p 87.
See Foskett's Dictionary of British Miniature Painters, 1972 for Hone's date of birth.
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