Possibly Henrietta Boyle, Mrs John O’Neill (1755/6-1793)
possibly William Hoare of Bath, RA (Eye 1707 – Bath 1792)
Oil painting on canvas, Possibly Henrietta Boyle, Mrs John O'Neill (1755/6 - 1793), possibly by William Hoare of Bath, RA (Eye 1706 – Bath 1792). A three-quarter-length portrait of Mrs O'Neill, slightly towards the left, wearing an orange dress with a red cloak and a muslin at her neck, and an aigrette and stole which falls from her shoulder over her right arm. Impossibly inscribed as the wife of Sir Richard Colt Hoare but a variant of STO/P/117. Mrs O'Neill was the only daughter of Susannah Haore's first marriage to Viscount Dungarvan, who married John O'Neill in 1777.
Possibly sent over to Stourhead after the death of Henrietta Boyle, Mrs John O’Neill (1755/6-1793) (daughter of Susanna Hoare and Henry Hoare II) in 1793 and thence by descent; in Stourhead House in 1838 but possibly transferred. Probably brought from Wavendon by Sir Henry Hugh Arthur Hoare 6th Bt (1865 - 1947) and Alda Weston, Lady Hoare (d. 1947) between 1894 and 1898; given to the National Trust along with the house, its grounds, and the rest of contents by Sir Henry Hugh Arthur Hoare, 6th Bt (1865 – 1947) in 1946.
Stourhead, The Hoare Collection (National Trust)
Marks and inscriptions
Recto: Inscribed bottom left [of Wavendon type]: The Honble. Hester Lyttleton. Wife / of / Sir Richard Colt Hoare 2 Brt.
Makers and roles
possibly William Hoare of Bath, RA (Eye 1707 – Bath 1792), artist
Stourhead 1838: Inventory of Heir-Looms at Stourhead directed to be taken by the Will of the late Sir Richard Colt Hoare Bart. with the state and condition thereof, 1838 , pp. 20-21, in the Entrance Hall (though listed under the Saloon), as ‘A Portrait of Miss Boyle?’