An Unknown Man, possibly James Turner (b.1657)
Nathaniel Hone the elder, RA (Dublin 1718 – London 1784)
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Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire (Accredited Museum)
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Portrait miniature, enamel on copper, An Unknown Man, possibly James Turner (b.1657) by Nathaniel Hone the elder, RA (Dublin 1718 – London 1784). Oval. Head and shoulders portrait, turned three-quarters to the left, looking over his shoulder to the right, head slightly turned upwards, wearing a dark blue coat, bright blue unbuttoned waistcoat, white open-necked shirt. Grey eyes, long, shoulder-length, white hair and bushy white beard, ruddy complexion. Plain drab background. Signed with monogram. No.22 in Guide 'Enamel on copper, portrait of a man by Nathaniel Hone, born in Dublin 1717 died August 23rd 1774. He was entirely self-taught but nevertheless gained a solid reputation for painting in both oil and watercolours, as well as for enamel work for miniatures. This example being a very fine and beautiful work. He was one of the foundation members of the Royal Academy in 1768 and was a steady contributor to its exhibitions'. Catalogue entry 'A man by Nathaniel Hone, head and shoulders with grey hair and beard in black coat, blue vest and shirt opened at the neck. Signed with monogram. A very fine enamel'.
Bequeathed to the National Trust by Huttleston Rogers Broughton, 1st Lord Fairhaven (1896-1966) with the house and the rest of the contents.
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Nathaniel Hone the elder, RA (Dublin 1718 – London 1784), artist