Nathaniel Hone

Hone, Nathaniel, R.A., a painter, who lived in the 18th century, was a native of Dublin. In early life he went to England, and followed the profession of an artist in several parts of the country, particularly York, where he married a lady of some means. Eventually he settled in London, where he ranked amongst the first painters of miniature portraits. He was chosen a member of the Royal Academy at its first institution, but took offence at one of his pictures, intended as a satire on Sir Joshua Reynolds, being rejected for the exhibition. He died 14th August 1784. "As a painter in oil he was by no means an inferior artist, yet the colouring of his pictures was too red for the carnations, and the shadows were not sufficiently clear."


276. Painters, General Dictionary of: Matthew Pilkington, A.M. 2 vols. London, 1824.