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William Hone

William Hone, by William Patten, engraved 1818 -NPG 1183 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Regency Portraits Catalogue

William Hone

by William Patten
engraved 1818
29 3/4 in. x 25 in. (756 mm x 635 mm)
NPG 1183

This portraitback to top

The portrait has been ascribed to George Patten since its acquisition in 1899, probably on the basis of the stipple lettered 'Engraved by H R Cook, 1818, from a Painting by Patten'. George Patten was born in 1801 and was a student at the RA 1816-18, practising as a miniaturist until 1830. His father William Patten ceased painting miniatures in 1817, possibly because of failing eyesight. It seems likely that he then turned to full-sized portraiture and the engraving, lettered with the surname only, refers to him rather than to a relatively unknown son.

Physical descriptionback to top

Half-length seated to right in a dark grey coat, white neckcloth and shirt-frill; sandy-grey hair, brown eyes, dark complexion; plain brown background.

Provenanceback to top

Family possession and given by the sitter's seventh daughter, Mrs Ellen H. Soul, 1899.

Reproductionsback to top

Stipple by H. R. Cook 1818 published by Effingham Wilson, and another by W. J. Edwards, both with facsimiles of signature.


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.

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