Henry Pelham (1694-1754) Prime Minister

  • About the work
    Location
    Country: UK
    City: London
    Place: HM Treasury, 1 Horse Guards Road
  • About the artist
    William Hoare produced portraits in both oil and pastel. He was based in Bath and it was there he achieved most success. He studied in London in the 1720s and in 1728 travelled to Italy, where he remained for about a decade. There he made contact with Grand Tourists and established the foundations of patronage which continued to serve him well on his return to England. He settled in Bath in the late 1730s, where there was a great demand for portraits. He was involved in the early discussions which eventually led to the creation of the Royal Academy of Art in London in 1768 and George III added Hoare’s name as a founding member of the Academy. Hoare enjoyed a successful career until his death in 1792.
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    Title
    Henry Pelham (1694-1754) Prime Minister
    Date
    1743
    Medium
    Oil on canvas
    Dimensions
    height: 239.00 cm, width: 147.50 cm
    Acquisition
    Purchased from Christie's, 2 April 1965
    Inscription
    br: Rt Honb. Henry Pelham / 1st L. of the Treasury / & Char of the Exchequer / in 1743.
    Provenance
    Sold through Christie's, London, ‘English Pictures and Drawings’ sale, on 2 April 1965 (Lot 136); from which sale purchased by Richard Walker on behalf of the Ministry of Works
    GAC number
    6969