PROPERTY FROM THE ESTATE OF JOHN BEDFORD
AFTER JOHN HOPPNER | PORTRAIT OF HORATIO, 1ST VISCOUNT NELSON (1758–1805), FULL-LENGTH
Estimate: 4,000 - 6,000 GBP
Property from the Estate of John Bedford
AFTER JOHN HOPPNER
PORTRAIT OF HORATIO, 1ST VISCOUNT NELSON (1758–1805), FULL-LENGTH
oil on canvas
108.6 x 75.1 cm.; 42¾ x 29½ in.
The canvas is lined, the paint surface is slightly dirty and the varnish is slightly discoloured. Much of the impasto brushwork remains intact, and the painting is in good overall condition that will respond well to cleaning. Inspection under ultraviolet light reveals scattered small, minor retouchings in the background, including some fine lines along the horizontal stretcher mark, which is faintly visible to the naked eye. But there appears to be little intervention in the figure of Nelson himself, save for some small retouchings in his calves and a fine line of retouching to craquelure in the right-hand side of his face.
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In the current collection for at least three decades.
A reduced copy of the full-length portrait by John Hoppner in the Royal Collection (inv. no. RCIN 405901). The Royal Collection painting was commissioned in 1801 with sittings taken during Nelson's time in England in the summer of that year. It was intended for the Royal Academy, but actually remained with Hoppner for the rest of his life, allowing him to execute many versions, and numerous later copies also exist. The original painting is one of four full-length portraits of naval heroes acquired by George IV, two by Sir Joshua Reynolds and two by Hoppner.