George Beare Portrait of a Gentleman, possibly Hugh Marriott 1746

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George Beare active 1743–1749
Portrait of a Gentleman, possibly Hugh Marriott
Date 1746
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 759 x 632 mm
Acquisition Purchased 1958
Not on display

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The sitter is tentatively identified as Hugh Marriott of Spelmonden, Kent, who died in 1754. The family came originally from the West Country, with which most of Beare's portraits seem to be associated.
Little is known about Beare. The fifty or so portraits signed by him are all dated between 1744 and 1749, in which year he died at Andover, Hampshire. He was evidently a portrait painter of considerable talent whose work suggests close acquaintance with the portraits of Joseph Highmore and particularly Hogarth, with both of whom he has been sometimes confused with more justice than usual.

August 2004

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