Portrait of the Robert Hobart, 4th Earl of Buckinghamshire in a blue coat

Artist/Maker HENRY BONE (1755-1834)
Dimensions 7.50cm high   
Description Painted in enamel on copper
in the original black rectangular papier-mache frame

This appears to be the first of two versions, after Sir William Beechey's portrait, that Bone executed of Robert Hobart, 4th Earl of Buckinghamshire. This enamel being a smaller oval version in comparison with the one painted in 1807 which was a larger rectangular format. The pencil drawings for this enamel and the larger rectangular format at both in the National Portrait Gallery.

Robert Hobart, 4th Earl of Buckinghamshire PC (1760-1816) was Earl from 1804-1816. He served in the American Revolutionary War. He acted as aide-de-camp to successive lord lieutenants of Ireland from 1784 onwards. In 1793 he was invested a member of the Privy Council, and appointed Governor of Madras. He was Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster in 1805 and again in 1812, Postmaster General from 1806 to 1807 and President of the Board of Control from 1812 to 1816. Hobart, the capital of Tasmania, is named after Lord Buckinghamshire.
He married firstly Margaretta, daughter of Edmund Bourke, in 1792. They had one son (who died in infancy) and a daughter, Lady Sarah, who married Prime Minister Lord Goderich and was the mother of George Robinson, 1st Marquess of Ripon. After Margaretta's death in 1796 he married secondly the Hon. Eleanor Agnes, daughter of William Eden, 1st Baron Auckland, in 1799
Provenance Hall Place, Kent
Sonja Lady Hollenden, whose mother Lady Dorothy Edith Isabel Hobart-Hampden-Mercer-Henderson was the daughter of the 7th Earl of Buckinhamshire
Exhibitions Royal Academy 1808 (357)
Literature Richard Walker, HENRY BONE'S PENCIL DRAWINGS IN THE NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY, The Volume of the Walpole Society
Vol. 61 (1999), p.316
Signed Signed on the reverse The Rt. Honble. The Earl of Buckinghamshire. Painted by Henry Bone ARA. Enamel painter to HRH the Prince of Wales. Jany 1806
Medium Enamel on copper
Condition Good
Ref No. 4976
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