English, 1758 - 1810

Mrs. Hannah Barker Webb

Date: ca. 1793

This portrait of a fashionable young woman is a masterful study in a restricted color scheme. Her powdered hair—worn natural rather than covered by a wig—and gown are up-to-the-minute. They provide opportunities for the artist to exploit the possibilities of grays and whites. The painting’s soft touch is characteristic of this artist’s work. So are its areas of “scumbling,” layers of light paint over darker ones. As a young man Hoppner attracted royal attention, and he enjoyed the support of George III.

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Medium: Oil on canvas

Dimensions: H:30 x W: 25 in.

Place: England

Accession: 0096

Collection: Julian Wood Glass Jr. Collection

Category: Paintings - Portraits

Tags: Oil , Canvas , Women

Purchased December 26, 1979 from Newhouse Galleries. From the collections of the Webb Family, London, England; and an American collector since 1948. Recorded in "John Hoppner, R.A." by William McKay and W. Roberts, London, England, 1914, page 317. Exhibited at the Royal Academy, 1793, Number 109.