Artists Illustrating Boys' Fashions: William Hoare (England, 1730s)



Figure 1.-- Hoare apparently painted mostly portraits. We note a portrait of Trower children, Elizabeth and Thomas Trower with a landscape background. It was apparently painted sometine in the 1730s before the portrait by Delaroche.. We have no idea who the Trower Children were . They look to be about 4-6 years old. Both chidren wear dresses, but different styles. The boy's brown dress has a hint of suit styling while the girl wears a standard white dress. Both wear blue sashes, but ine differently. We are not sure, however, to what extent the difference reflects gender conventions as opposed to non-consequential variation.

William Hoare worked in Bath. He was active in the 1730s. Bath at the time was a fashionable site for well-to-do, fashionable Britons. We do not know a great deal about Hoare. He was from a wealthy family in East Anglia. He studied in London and Italy. On retuning from Italy he failed to make a career, he settled in Bath, where there were few Artists, but a big demand from the well to do after Bath became fashionable. He painted the famous; George Fredrick Handel, William Walpole and William Pitt. The arrival of Thomas Gainsborough didn't diminish his custom. Hoare apparently painted mostly portraits. We note a portrait of Trower children, Elizabeth and Thomas Trower with a landscape background. It was apparently painted sometine in the 1730s before the portrait by Delaroche.. We have no idea who the Trower Children were . They look to be about 4-6 years old. Both chidren wear dresses, but different styles. The boy's brown dress has a hint of suit styling while the girl wears a standard white dress. Both wear blue sashes, but ine differently. We are not sure, however, to what extent the difference reflects gender conventions as opposed to non-consequential variation.









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