Joseph Hone: Birth: 1804. Death: 1865
Note: 97Watercolour on ivory, oval, 7.5 x 6.2 cm (3 x 2.5'')framed in a gold oval locket, the reverse is decorated with interwoven locks of the sitter's hair inscribed on labels: 'Joseph Hone great grandfather of Elsie' and 'Joseph Hone 1775-1857 m. Mary Crosthwait, his son Nathaniel built Doulaghs [sic]. His daughter Ann married Brindley Hone (1796-1862) and their son was Nathaniel Hone RHA Signed and dated 'HH (monogram) 1797' Provenance: by descent in the Hone family, private collection
Joseph Hone was a merchant of Mountjoy Square and 47 Harcourt Street and Rockfield, County Dublin was J.P. for the City of Dublin, County Tipperary and King's County. He married Elinor Maxwell the daughter of Richard Maxwell, a merchant of Pill Lane. She bore him two sons and two daughters. On the death of his first wife he married Mary Crosthwaite the daughter of Leland Crosthwaite of Dollymount, Clontarf, who was the Governor of the Bank of Ireland from 1808-10. They had five sons and four daughters. Their eldest son (also Joseph) lived at 1 Fitzwilliam Square and at Saint Doulough's Park, Raheny. During the 1780s, the size of the ivory support gradually increased allowing for a larger portrait to be painted. This portrait of Joseph Hone exemplifies Horace Hone's mature individual watercolour on ivory style which is painted with characteristic curving parallel linear brush strokes. The shading of the face is done using minute blue parallel lines. Washes of colour are applied thinly in the areas of the face and background. The washes of colour and lightly applied brush strokes allow more ivory to show through which gives the surface luminosity and fully exploits the watercolour on ivory technique.The details of the uniform are highlighted in gouache. Source: http://www.jamesadam.ie/BidCat/Catalogues.asp?F1=3072&F2=4169&F4=0&select=3071&status=A
Note: Horace Hone (1756-1825)Miniature Portrait of Joseph Hone in military uniform (1775-1857), 17
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