Framed oil painting: Lady Emily Kerr as a Bacchante by William Hoare (1707–1792), c.1770

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Museum number

A331

Object

Framed oil painting: Lady Emily Kerr as a Bacchante by William Hoare (1707–1792), c.1770

Gallery label

Lady Emily Kerr as a Bacchante
William Hoare (1707–1792)
Oil on canvas, c.1770

William Hoare was Georgian Bath’s longest established artist. By the 1750s his studio dominated Bath’s market for oil paintings and he prospered even after the arrival of the younger Thomas Gainsborough.

The contrasting styles of this large work and that of the Pitt Family (left of window) show how Hoare adapted his technique to suit changes in fashion. This later portrait, of a young girl dancing in an Arcadian landscape, uses a much looser, freer, style.

A331
Presented by Major R O and Miss V Bridgman, 1936

On display?

Yes
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