Hoppner, John,1758–1810, English portrait painter. He was a protégé of George IIIGeorge III,
1738–1820, king of Great Britain and Ireland (1760–1820); son of Frederick Louis, prince of Wales, and grandson of George II, whom he succeeded. He was also elector (and later king) of Hanover, but he never visited it.
..... Click the link for more information. , whose illegitimate son he was rumored to be. He imitated, without total success, the style of Sir Joshua ReynoldsReynolds, Sir Joshua,
1723–92, English portrait painter, b. Devonshire. Long considered historically the most important of England's painters, by his learned example he raised the artist to a position of respect in England.
..... Click the link for more information. . Hoppner achieved a lifelong popularity rivaled only by that of Sir Thomas LawrenceLawrence, Sir Thomas,
1769–1830, English portrait painter, b. Bristol. He began to draw when very young and developed extraordinary talents as a draftsman; though he studied briefly at the Royal Academy, he was mainly self-taught.
..... Click the link for more information. . He painted with facility and lively color, though many paintings have now faded badly. Under the patronage of the Prince of Wales, many of Hoppner's best works were hung in St. James's Palace, where they remain. Among his famous portraits are those of the countess of Oxford (National Gall., London) and the duke of Kent (Windsor Castle). The Metropolitan Museum has many of his portraits.
See study by W. McKay and W. Roberts (1914 ed.).