The Gentleman & The Tortoishell
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The Gentleman & The Tortoishell

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Vintage convex glass frame, British Tortoishell butterfly, Artprint
15.5cm square


This striking portrait demonstrates the qualities that led to Hone's swift rise as a fashionable portraitist in London. Hone had begun his career painting miniatures and enamels, and as a result was not only proficient at detail, but delighted in the bold use of bright colour. In this portrait, painted in 1769, Hone’s stylized, deftly painted bright colours of the costume create a powerful image.

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