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ENG 753
ENG 753

Miniature of Captain Sir William Hoste, 1st Bt.

ENG 753

England, London

dated 1830

ENG 753

Miniature of Captain Sir William Hoste, 1st Bt.

ENG 753

England, London

dated 1830

copper, painted enamel, parcel-gilt wood frame

26.5 x 21.2 cm

Captain Sir William Hoste, RN, Bt, KCB (1780-1828), entered the navy in 1793 under the special care of Nelson, who described him as “without exception one of the finest boys I ever met with”. Throughout his career he was posted in the Mediterranean and Adriatic seas, amassing a fortune in excess of £60,000 through the capture of Italian and local merchant ships along the Dalmatian coast. Promoted to the rank of captain in 1802, he was created a baronet in 1814; he married Lady Harriet Walpole, third daughter of Horatio, 2nd Earl of Orford, in 1817. This enamel was presumably commissioned as a commemorative work following the sitter’s death. The composition, taken after a portrait by an unknown artist, was also engraved and published by William Greatbach in 1833.

Exhibited: Royal Academy. London, 1830, no. 463
Extensively inscribed on the reverse.

Haydn Williams, Enamels of the World: 1700-2000 The Khalili Collections, London 2009, cat. 201, p. 288.