John Hoppner ⁣ Portrait of a Lady as Evelina⁣ c. 1780-1789⁣

John Hoppner ⁣ Portrait of a Lady as Evelina⁣ c. 1780-1789⁣

8/13/2021, 3:12:40 PM
John Hoppner ⁣ Portrait of a Lady as Evelina⁣ c. 1780-1789⁣ “This beautiful portrait dates from the 1780's, a decade in which Hoppner rose rapidly in public esteem, exhibiting regularly at the Royal Academy and becoming in 1789 Portrait Painter to the Prince of Wales. Sir Ellis Waterhouse pointed out that Hoppner "is forever reminding us of the work of one or other of his greater contemporaries, at first of Reynolds and Romney, and later of Lawrence and Raeburn", and this portrait is closely influenced by Sir Joshua Reynolds. Several of Hoppner's early works, such as his portrait of Lady Elizabeth Bligh, could easily be mistaken for that of Reynolds.⁣ The traditional title for the portrait is 'Portrait of a Lady as Evelina'. Evelina or A Young Lady's Entrance into the World was a novel by Fanny Burney published in 1778. It tells of the beautiful Evelina who was abandoned when a child by her father and brought up by a guardian. She goes to London where she falls in love with the handsome Lord Orville and is eventually recognised by her father as his heir. It was enormously popular.⁣ The present picture drew praise from the correspondent of The Times in 1886: "Of the oil paintings, a portrait of a lady as Evelina, with dark dishevelled hair against a sky background, life-size to waist, by Sir W. Beechey, R.A., which had been universally admired during the week, was the subject of a sharp contest between Mr. Joseph and Messrs. Colnaghi, which resulted in its bringing the very high price of £945."⁣ It is interesting to note that the picture was once attributed to Sir William Beechey. It is an accomplished and sophisticated composition, quite different in style to what Beechey was painting in the 1780s. Beechey worked in Norwich from 1782 to 1787, when most of his work was of small scale pictures, owing a debt to Zoffany. It was only later when he became established in London that his paintings move closer to the more glamorous images of Lawrence and Hoppner. When sold as part of the celebrated Broderip collection in 1872, it was correctly attributed to Hoppner.”⁣ #18thcenturyart #paintings #painting #artlovers #artists #famousart #artlegends

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