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 Horace Hone  (1756 - 1825)

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Lived/Active: United Kingdom/England/Ireland      Known for: painting and sculpture, miniatures

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Horace Hone, ARA (Irish, circa 1756-1825) Sarah Siddons (1755–1831), wearing light brown dress with darker trimming at the cuff, dark brown sash, white fichu, wide brimmed hat with lavender ribbon tied in a knot just below her fichu, she props her face up
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Horace Hone (1756-1825)

A member of the famous Dublin Hone family of artists, originally from Holland, Horace Hone was born in London and there received his early training in fine art from his father Nathaniel Hone the Elder (1718-84). This instruction encompassed miniature painting in watercolour on various media including enamel and even ivory.  At the age of 14, he studied drawing and painting at the Royal Academy Schools, and began exhibiting his works at the Academy in 1772: a practice he continued for the next 50 years.

In 1779, he was elected an Associate Member of the Academy, and three years later - at the invitation of Lady Temple, one of Hone's patrons whose husband was the colonial ruler of Ireland - settled in Dublin. Lady Temple was herself an important member of the Anglo Irish aristocracy with widespread social connections among the ruling classes, and was instrumental in ensuring that Hone received a constant stream of portrait commissions, for which he was eminently equipped. Indeed, his portrait painting became so popular that in 1795 he was appointed to the post of Miniature Painter to the Prince of Wales.

Unfortunately, the Act of Union caused many of Hone's customers to quit Ireland and move to London in the early 1800s. Hone himself followed in 1803, and managed to re-establish himself as a miniaturist.  Sadly, he had suffered for many years from mental illness, and declined rapidly in his later years.  He died in London at the age of 69.

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