Mary Hoare 1744–1820. British School 18th.Century. A group of three red chalk and pencil studies of women. Each 30 by 17.5cm. Image. 52 by 37 cms Overall framed. Some general timestaining and foxing to no real detriment.
Provenance: The Ashton Family Hoare Album,
With Abbott and Holder, London.
Mary was the eldest child of the artist William Hoare of Bath. Born at a time when ladies were actively discouraged from becoming professional artists. However, her father saw fit to encourage her to nurture her abilities: 'It is my endeavour and desire to make the subjects she is employed in, a lesson to herself as well as an exercise of her ingenuity' (see E. Newby, William Hoare of Bath, Bath, 1990, p. 16). Mary trained at home making copies after book engravings, or after her father's own drawings. She won the gold palette for a drawing by a young person under the age of 16 at the Society of Arts in 1760, but was never allowed to collect her prize.