John Hoppner (1758-1810) was a English Portrait Painter who emulated the earlier style of Sir Joshua Reynolds. His talents as an artist were discovered in his childhood, and he quickly became a notable artist who many famous individuals desired to sit for. His clients included the Prince of Wales (who sat more than once), Sir Walter Scott, the Duke and Duchess of York, Sir George Beaumont, Lord Nelson, Lord Rodney, Frere, and the Duke of Wellington. Hoppner’s portraits were proudly displayed in St. James’s Palace staterooms. Hoppner was best at creating images of children and women. John Hoppner is known throughout the art world as a brilliant colorist due to his genius use of vivid color in his pieces. Our pattern set for John Hoppner contains many of his loved portraits including Adam Duncan, Princess Mary, Mrs. Williams, Viscant Lascelles, Mrs Abington, Captain George Portner, The Sackville Children, Sir George Beaumont, and Anne Isabella Milbanke.

Patterns Included In This Set:

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Self Portrait

Master Meyrick

Adam Duncan

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Princess Mary

Charles Abbot

Sir Ralph Abercromby

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Richard Bache

An Unknown British Officer

Lady Frances Wyndham

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The Hon. Lucy Byng

Harriet Brochure of Boveridge Dorset

Portrait of a Lady Georgina Buckley

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Richard Humphreys - The Boxer

Mrs. Williams

Viscount Lascelles

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Portrait of Lady Redesdale

Miss Charlotte Papendick as a Child

Portrait of Samuel Brandram

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The Sackville Children

Jupiter and Io

Lord Hugh Seymour

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The Bowden Children

Captain George Porter

Mrs. Abington

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Charlettea Walsingham - Lady Fitzgerald

Mary Robinson as Perdita

Miss Mary Linwood

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Anne Isabella Milbanke

Sir Henry Blackwood

Sir George Beaumont

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Portrait of the Frankland Sisters

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Portraitist John Hoppner was born in Whitechapel, London, in 1758. The exact date of his birth is unknown, but it is guessed to have been around April 4th. Hoppners parents were German, and his mother served at the Royal Palace as an attendant, or Queen Charlottes lady-in-waiting. This gave Hoppner an advantage at a young age, and as a result of his mothers position he had the privilege of being a Royal Chapel chorister.

It was rumored in Hoppners early years that he might possibly have been King George IIIs illegitimate son. This rumor was certainly never proved to be true, and was probably begun due to his mothers high position in the Royal Court.

As a young man, it didnt take long for people to realize that John Hoppner was a talented artist. In 1775, at the young age of 17, he became a student at the Royal Academy. He excelled at art while at the Royal Academy and won a silver medal in 1778 for drawing from life. Just a few short years later, in 1782, Hoppner was awarded the gold medal for his historical painting of King Lear.

In 1780, a couple of years before he took the gold medal, Hoppner began to show his work at the Royal Academy. Its reported that he had a fondness for landscape painting, but he became an expert in portraits because of the good living it would later earn him.

Hoppners rise to fame and success didnt take long; he quickly became a notable artist who many famous individuals desired to sit for. His clients included the Prince of Wales (who sat more than once), Sir Walter Scott, the Duke and Duchess of York, Sir George Beaumont, Lord Nelson, Lord Rodney, Frere, and the Duke of Wellington. Hoppners portraits were proudly displayed in St. Jamess Palace staterooms.

According to art experts, Hoppner was best at creating images of children and women. He is well known for, "A Series of Portraits of Ladies," completed in 1803. Hoppner is noted for painting the background of a portrait created by Thomas Gainsborough. The portrait is of Charlotte, Countess of Talbot, and is now housed at the Dunedin Public Art Gallery.

John Hoppners style of painting is in some ways similar to Reynolds. (Hoppner himself admitted to imitating Reynolds artistic style.) John Hoppner is known throughout the art world as a brilliant colorist due to his genius use of vivid color in his pieces. Many of his works are in poor condition because of the mediums he created them with. Still, there are some surviving pieces of his art that accurately represent the level of talent he possessed.

Phoebe Wright became John Hoppners wife and bore him his first daughter, Catherine Hampden Hoppner, in 1784. She later became a Magistrate with the East India Company. Hoppner had four other children: Richard, Wilson, Henry, and one unknown individual. One of Hoppners sons followed in his fathers footsteps and became a professional artist. Of the other two sons, one became a Consul general, and the other an Arctic explorer in the Royal Navy. Its clear from his childrens professions that Hoppners greatness had a profound effect upon his family members, inspiring excellence in them.

In his lifetime, which ended on January 23, 1810, John Hoppner created a name for himself that echoed through the Royal Courts of his day and caused him to be sought out by the wealthy, rich, and famous. Today his fame is still intact, and his works are housed all over the world, in places such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Royal Collection, the Tate Gallery, and the National Gallery of Victoria. John Hoppner is and always will be known as a superb English portraitist.

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