John Hoppner  
John Hoppner

Self-portrait (c. 1780)
John Hoppner, (born April 4, 1758, London—died Jan. 23, 1810, London), painter of the English portrait school during the late 18th and early 19th centuries who emulated the earlier style of Sir Joshua Reynolds.

His father was of German extraction, and his mother was one of the German attendants at the royal palace. As a boy he was a chorister at the royal chapel and in 1775 entered as a student at the Royal Academy. In 1778 he took a silver medal for life drawing, and in 1782 he won the Academy’s highest award, the gold medal for historical painting. He first exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1780. His earliest interest was for landscape, but necessity obliged him to turn to the more lucrative business of portrait painting. At once successful, he had throughout life the most fashionable and wealthy sitters and was the greatest rival of the king’s painter, Thomas Lawrence. The prince of Wales especially patronized him, and many of his finest portraits are in the state apartments at St. James’s Palace.

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Portrait of the Frankland sisters, 1795

Miss Mary Linwood, about 1800, John Hoppner V&A Museum no. 1439-1874

Dr. Matthias Hoffman, Province House (Nova Scotia)

Lord Nelson

Sir John Jeffreys Pratt
Oil on canvas, 249 x 149 cm
Staatliche Museen, Berlin

Lord Hugh Seymour
Oil on canvas, 96 x 83 cm
National Maritime Museum, London

Portrait Of Samuel Brandram

Lady Caroline Capel holding her Daughter Harriet, oil on canvas, Plas Newydd, Isle of Anglesey

Jupiter and Io, 1785, oil on canvas

Captain George Porter, 1789, oil on canvas, Denver Art Museum

The Bowden Children, 1803, oil on canvas

Richard Brinsley Sheridan, oil on canvas, The Hermitage, St. Petersburg

Mrs. Williams (1790)

Lady Caroline Harris (1795)

Mrs. Cholmondeley (1791)

Henry Blackwood (1806)


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