George BearePortrait of a Gentleman, possibly Hugh Marriott 1746

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Artist
George Beare (active 1743‑1749)
Title
Portrait of a Gentleman, possibly Hugh Marriott
Date 1746
MediumOil paint on canvas
Dimensionssupport: 759 x 632 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1958
Reference
T00201
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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