Show me:
and
Clear all filters

  • 32 items Explore
  • 38 items
  • 24 items Explore
  • 47 items
  • 92 items
  • 3,525 items Explore
  • 89 items Explore
  • 2 items
  • 1 items
  • 41 items
  • 9,885 items Explore
  • 209 items Explore
  • 1,211 items Explore
  • 7,418 items Explore
  • 4,946 items Explore
  • 75 items Explore
  • 101 items Explore
  • 9,353 items Explore
  • 13,022 items Explore
  • 3,177 items Explore
  • 5 items
  • 120 items Explore
  • 2,035 items Explore
  • 2 items
  • 4,668 items Explore
  • 24 items Explore
  • 440 items Explore
  • 18,110 items Explore
  • 34 items Explore
  • 1,917 items Explore
  • 959 items Explore
  • 6 items
  • 4,906 items Explore
  • 406 items Explore
  • 29 items
  • 923 items Explore
  • 1 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 9 items
  • 15,844 items Explore
  • 787 items Explore
  • 11 items
  • 70 items Explore
  • 33 items
  • 798 items
  • 20 items
  • 61 items
  • 28 items
  • 303 items Explore
  • 6 items
  • 44 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 2 items
  • 2 items
  • 134 items
  • 2 items
  • 107 items Explore
  • 116 items
  • 897 items Explore
  • 834 items
  • 91 items
  • 27 items
  • 7 items
  • 23,238 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 3,311 items Explore
  • 1,497 items Explore
  • 352 items
  • 192 items Explore
  • 7,647 items Explore
  • 8,913 items Explore
  • 4 items
  • 1 items
  • 39 items
  • 3 items
  • 4 items
  • 5,736 items Explore
  • 5,562 items Explore
  • 4,026 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 857 items Explore
  • 859 items Explore
  • 2,490 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 312 items
  • 1 items
  • 1 items
  • 2,655 items Explore
  • 20 items Explore
  • 309 items Explore
  • 726 items Explore
  • 784 items Explore
  • 476 items Explore
  • 1,053 items Explore
  • 986 items
  • 89 items
  • 125 items Explore
  • 5,179 items Explore
  • 163 items
  • 311 items
  • 7 items Explore
  • 4 items
  • 23 items
  • 58 items
  • 302 items Explore
  • 2 items
  • 2,830 items Explore
  • 2,447 items Explore
  • 69 items
  • 43 items
  • 17,858 items Explore
  • 1,099 items Explore
  • 138 items
  • 785 items Explore
  • 7 items
  • 1 items
  • 145 items Explore
  • 18 items
  • 23 items
  • 252 items
  • 311 items
  • 851 items Explore
  • 1,893 items
  • 290 items Explore
  • 1,732 items
  • 2,101 items
  • 6 items
  • 2 items
  • 2 items
  • 3,686 items Explore
  • 2 items
  • 29,677 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 3,052 items Explore
  • 190 items Explore
  • 7,033 items Explore
  • 31 items
  • 25 items
  • 719 items Explore
  • 3 items
  • 65 items
  • 157 items
  • 52 items
  • 19,325 items Explore
  • 824 items
  • 17 items
  • 2 items
  • 18,142 items Explore
  • 5 items
  • 1,865 items Explore
  • 1,021 items Explore
  • 50 items
  • 420 items
  • 3,272 items Explore
  • 82 items
  • 1 items
  • 473 items Explore
  • 2 items
  • 20 items
  • 90 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 68 items
  • 288 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 4 items
  • 113 items
  • 267 items
  • 765 items
  • 717 items
  • 1 items
  • 342 items Explore
  • 459 items Explore
  • 10,351 items Explore
  • 695 items Explore
  • 5,847 items Explore
  • 19 items
  • 4,968 items Explore
  • 27 items
  • 1 items
  • 5,266 items Explore
  • 4 items
  • 3,296 items Explore
  • 9,171 items Explore
  • 6,473 items Explore
  • 180 items
  • 19 items
  • 142 items
  • 7 items
  • 989 items Explore
  • 17 items
  • 3,562 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 4 items
  • 1,022 items Explore
  • 195 items
  • 1 items
  • 3,486 items Explore
  • 20 items
  • 698 items Explore
  • 35 items
  • 114 items
  • 3,188 items Explore
  • 12,231 items Explore
  • 2,705 items Explore
  • 5 items
  • 7,922 items Explore
  • 31 items
  • 1 items
  • 21,314 items Explore
  • 91 items
  • 38 items
  • 12,843 items Explore
  • 3,290 items Explore
  • 1,898 items Explore
  • 162 items
  • 28,932 items Explore
  • 633 items Explore
  • 415 items
  • 21,195 items Explore
  • 200 items
  • 1 items
  • 17 items
  • 30 items
  • 47 items Explore
  • 4 items
  • 215 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 14,768 items Explore
  • 3 items
  • 15,263 items
  • 9 items
  • 10 items
  • 13 items
  • 25 items
  • 2,808 items Explore
  • 853 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 1 items
  • 190 items
  • 619 items Explore
  • 42 items
  • 2,023 items Explore
  • 874 items Explore
  • 14 items
  • 1,780 items Explore
  • 135 items
  • 1 items
  • 46 items
  • 638 items Explore
  • 2,683 items Explore
  • 38 items
  • 22 items
  • 12 items
  • 8,526 items Explore
  • 18,640 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 1 items
  • 1 items
  • 1 items
  • 2 items
  • 1,194 items
  • 170 items Explore
  • 5 items
  • 7 items
  • 77 items
  • 9,785 items Explore
  • 3,484 items Explore
  • 2,617 items Explore
  • 4,676 items Explore
  • 23 items
  • 55 items
  • 5,834 items Explore
  • 4,024 items Explore
  • 460 items Explore
  • 2,255 items Explore
  • 1,799 items Explore
  • 3 items
  • 1,274 items Explore
  • 41 items
  • 216 items Explore
  • 379 items Explore
  • 5,770 items Explore
  • 8,903 items Explore
  • 1,829 items Explore
  • 2,160 items Explore
  • 3,296 items Explore
  • 8,433 items Explore
  • 72 items
  • 2,486 items Explore
  • 7 items
  • 24 items
  • 51 items
  • 1 items
  • 1,718 items Explore
  • 614 items Explore
  • 60 items
  • 16 items
  • 137 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 73 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 468 items
  • 934 items
  • 4 items
  • 3,562 items Explore
  • 5 items
  • 8,248 items Explore
  • 45 items Explore
  • 25 items
  • 44 items
  • 3 items
  • 12,897 items Explore
  • 1,213 items Explore
  • 91 items
  • 4,819 items Explore
  • 779 items Explore
  • 2,009 items
  • 5,096 items Explore
  • 21 items
  • 12,334 items Explore
  • 1,340 items Explore
  • 5 items
  • 9,546 items Explore
  • 15,883 items Explore
  • 4 items
  • 1,681 items Explore
  • 175 items
  • 35 items
  • 5,411 items Explore
  • 7,526 items Explore
  • 48 items
  • 11 items
  • 2 items
  • 59 items
  • 6,598 items Explore
  • 248 items Explore
  • 11 items
  • 4 items
  • 6 items
  • 4 items
  • 104 items Explore
  • 423 items
  • 150 items Explore
  • 7,312 items Explore
  • 45 items
  • 21,642 items Explore
  • 6,599 items Explore
  • 4 items
  • 5 items
  • 543 items Explore
  • 325 items
  • 163 items Explore
  • 10,844 items Explore
  • 54 items
  • 16 items
  • 5 items
  • 4 items
  • 314 items Explore
  • 403 items
  • 177 items
  • 333 items
  • 3,306 items Explore
  • 27 items
  • 1,228 items Explore
  • 1,856 items Explore
  • 585 items Explore
  • 20 items
  • 1,068 items Explore
  • 96 items Explore
  • 42 items
  • 253 items Explore
  • 57,117 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 2,626 items Explore
  • 2,601 items Explore
  • 71 items
  • 3,136 items Explore
  • 97 items Explore
  • 4 items
  • 14,079 items Explore
  • 5,115 items Explore
  • 7 items
  • 658 items Explore
  • 85 items
  • 1 items
  • 468 items
  • 39 items
  • 72 items
  • 29 items
  • 414 items
  • 3 items
  • 42 items
  • 1,059 items Explore
  • 91 items
  • 715 items
  • 46 items
  • 8,364 items Explore
  • 9 items
  • 947 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 14,181 items Explore
  • 92 items
  • 17 items
  • 1 items
  • 5 items
  • 302 items
  • 2 items
  • 548 items Explore
  • 1,681 items Explore
  • 897 items Explore
  • 2 items
  • 154 items

Select a time period

Or choose a specific year

Clear all filters

Henry Fox, 1st Baron Holland of Foxley (1705-1774)

William Hogarth (London 1697 - London 1764)

Category

Art / Oil paintings

Date

1761 - 1762 (?)

Materials

Oil on canvas

Measurements

634 x 534 mm

Place of origin

England

Order this image

Collection

Osterley Park and House, London (Accredited Museum)

On show at

Not on show

NT 771260

Summary

Oil painting on canvas, Henry Fox, 1st Baron Holland of Foxley (1705-1774) by William Hogarth (London 1697 - London 1764), 1761-62. A head and shoulders portrait, of a man, turned slightly to the right, gazing to the right, in a powdered wig, wearing a brown coat, edged with gilt braid and gold buttons with a matching waistcoat, with a white shirt beneath.

Full description

In early May 1761 the connoisseur and art historian Horace Walpole visited the studio of William Hogarth. ‘I went t’other morning to see a portrait he is painting of Mr Fox’, he wrote to George Montagu. ‘Hogarth told me he had promised, if Mr Fox would sit as he liked, to make as good a picture as Vandyke or Rubens could.’ The Mr Fox in question was Henry Fox, first Baron Holland of Foxley (1705–1774). A prominent Whig politician, in his early career Fox was a supporter of Sir Robert Walpole, Prime Minister from 1721 to 1742, and father of the connoisseur who visited Hogarth’s studio that day. Fox remained loyal to Walpole’s Whig successors, but by the late 1750s he had become more cynical in his approach to politics, and his strategies of the early 1760s alienated him from influential Whig allies and former friends. Though he was granted a barony in 1763, Fox was never awarded the earldom that he was seeking when Horace Walpole saw his portrait in Hogarth’s studio.The finished portrait of Fox by Hogarth was probably given by the sitter to his protégé, the politician John Calcraft (c.1726–1772), who was thought by some to be Fox’s son. Calcraft was, in any case, patronised by Fox until 1763, when a breach in their friendship developed over the elder statesman’s political manoeuvrings. The portrait descended through the family, and is now on loan to the National Trust from Henry Ryder. Following conservation work in 2006, it is to be displayed in the Breakfast Room at Osterley Park, Robert Adam’s neo-classical masterpiece in west London. Osterley Park was given to the National Trust in 1949 by George Francis Child-Villiers, 9th Earl of Jersey. Though he had originally intended to leave the contents of Osterley to the Trust as well as the house, he decided to remove the family’s large collection of paintings, along with all the contents, except for those which formed part of the fabric of the house. Among this collection was Rubens’s ceiling painting ‘The Apotheosis of the Duke of Buckingham’ and his equestrian portrait of the duke, as well as a portrait of Charles I on horseback from the studio of Van Dyck-these last two paintings once faced each other at either end of Osterley’s Long Gallery. These and many other paintings from the collection were tragically destroyed in a warehouse fire on Jersey in 1949 before the earl could display them in a gallery attached to his house there. So, while Osterley is by no means unique in having come to the Trust without its original fittings and furnishings, there are few surviving paintings belonging to the donor family which might otherwise be offered on loan to the house, or identified for potential future acquisition. Osterley is therefore dependent for the display of paintings on loans from public and private collections, and from other properties owned by the National Trust. The question of what should be displayed at Osterley is one which has preoccupied curators at the National Trust (and at the Victoria & Albert Museum, which managed the property until responsibility was transferred in 1991) since the start. An early solution to the hang in the Long Gallery was the display of a rare set of Beauvais tapestries from Arlington Court; but these were found to be unsuitable for the space, given the light levels there. The tapestries were followed by a display of 18th- and early 19th-century British portraits, on loan from the Cooper collection from Hursley Park; but these were recalled and sent for auction in the early 1980s, and were replaced by paintings from the V&A store. Most recently, under the National Trust, the Long Gallery has been re-hung with old masters, mainly 17th- and 18th-century Venetian paintings acquired by bequest or in lieu of tax, along with two retained on loan from the V&A, and others from the Royal Collection, West Wycombe, and private collections. In the Breakfast Room, where the Hogarth is to be shown, the 1782 inventory recorded 41 pictures, mostly 17th-century Italian and Dutch paintings, mixed with British portraits. The current display recreates something of the original effect, largely through loans from Dulwich Picture Gallery, the V&A, and a private collection. The loan of Hogarth’s portrait of Fox to Osterley highlights not only the challenges of finding suitable works of art for properties without indigenous chattels, but also the opportunities such properties offer for the display of works which might otherwise not be shown to such good effect. Hogarth’s portrait was originally intended by the National Trust to be hung at Ickworth, where the sitter’s friendship with John, Lord Hervey (1696–1743) is commemorated in another work by Hogarth, the famous ‘Hervey Conversation Piece’. However, it proved impossible to find an appropriate place there for the portrait, so the National Trust’s Curator for Pictures & Sculpture suggested its transferral to Osterley. Hogarth’s portrait should make a significant mark when it comes to be displayed among the other paintings at Osterley; the only pity is that it cannot be compared to the works by Rubens and Van Dyck which once hung there, so as to test the boast Hogarth made to Walpole when he visited his studio! (Alison Fuller, arts|buildings|collections (abc) bulletin, July 2007, p,3 - www.nationaltrust.org.uk/abcbulletin)

Provenance

On loan from a private collection

Makers and roles

William Hogarth (London 1697 - London 1764), artist of original

References

Fuller 2007 Alison Fuller, arts|buildings|collections (abc) bulletin, July 2007, p,3 - www.nationaltrust.org.uk/abcbulletin Paulson, 1972: Ronald Paulson, Hogarth the Painter: The Exhibition at the Tate, The Burlington Magazine, vol.114, no.827, February 1972, pp.69-77 & 79, fig.16

View more details