A fine Old Master drawing in pencil and red chalk on laid paper, measuring 6" by 3 3/4" inside the mat (16 1/4" by 14 1/2" in modern day framing), unsigned, but with accompanying information, a circa 1970 typed label, proclaiming this to be "Lady with Jug", and by listed English late 18th century/early 19th century artist PRINCE HOARE II (1755-1834). There is also nearby an "18 Gns" price (18 Guineas). A self portrait by Hoare hammered at Sotheby's New York in 2015 for $16,000. Hoare's work seems to be scarce at auction; see the net for a number of images of his drawings, many in important institutional collections. Hoare was born in the genteel western English city of Bath, where he became certainly a well known citizen of his day. His father WIlliam Hoare was a painter. The junior Hoare (William's brother was also named Prince Hoare (and therefore goes as "I" for "the first", but confusion is common) went on to become a highly skilled portrait and historical subject painter. Late in life he wrote 20 plays and compiled the Memoirs of Granville Sharp, an English abolitionist. Thomas Lawrence painted Hoare and the image is visible online. Condition is very good, the work is not laid down, just affixed at top to a fragmentary old gray backing sheet; there is a small rip of the paper at extreme upper right near the edge but it is not all that significant from an aesthetic standpoint. A beautifully drawn old, old work by an artist from England's glory days.
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