William HogarthMrs Salter 1741

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Artwork details

Artist
William Hogarth (1697‑1764)
Title
Mrs Salter
Date 1741
MediumOil paint on canvas
Dimensionssupport: 762 x 635 mm frame: 1037 x 916 x 122 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1898
Reference
N01663
Not on display

Summary

When the National Gallery acquired this portrait in 1898 the true identity of the sitter had long been forgotten. Instead, because the subject's facial features bear a slight resemblance to Hogarth himself, the portrait was identified as the artist's sister, Ann. It was not until 1933 that a hitherto unnoticed inscription, 'Mrs Salter', in the bottom centre of the feigned stone surround revealed the true identity of the woman. The inscription suggested that the portrait was very probably the picture which had belonged to the author and engraver, Samuel Ireland (d. 1800), and which was described in an auction catalogue of 1801 as 'Mrs Salter of the Charterhouse, not engraved'… (read more)

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