• A Figure and Dog on a Track near a Lake -
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    Inscribed in a later hand verso: John Hoppner

    Black and white chalk on grey paper

    22 by 29.9 cm., 8 ½ by 11 ¾ in.

     

    Provenance:

    Anonymous sale, Sotheby’s, 30th June 2005, lot 249

     

    Although significantly younger, Hoppner became a friend of Thomas Gainsborough and his influence on the former’s landscape drawings is evident. There is evidence that the two men went on at least one sketching expedition together. A black chalk drawing in the Philadelphia Museum of Art dating from the mid 1780s (see John Hayes, The Drawings of Thomas Gainsborough, no. 610) is inscribed on the reverse of the original mount: `This drawing was made in the presence of & presented to Hoppner the painter.’ Eleven Gainsborough drawings appeared in Hoppner’s sale in 1810. Even after achieving success as a portraitist, Hoppner continued to produce landscape drawings and Farington noted in 1803: `Hoppner shewed me several sketches of Landscape made with Black Chalk on White Paper in the manner of Gainsborough, with whose drawings He is passionately enamoured’ (The Farington Diaries, 21st October 1803, p.2404).

     

    There are a large group of landscape studies by Hoppner in the British Museum (1875-7-10-863/70). They are mainly woodland scenes 
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