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Nathaniel Hone (1718-1784)

Nathaniel Hone was born in Dublin, the son of a devout Presbyterian merchant. Hone showed early signs of artistic talent and moved to England.

He studied in Rome and Florence from 1750 to 1752 and upon his return to England worked as an itinerant portrait painter. He settled in London after his marriage to Mary Earl of York and established a solid reputation as a portrait painter in oil and in miniature. He was a founder member of the Royal Academy.

Hone painted well-known portraits of John Wesley and George Whitefield.

Source: Dictionary of National Biography

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