Hoare, William

One of the founder members of the Royal Academy, William was a contemporary of Thomas Gainsborough and Sir Joshua Reynolds. He worked in Bath as a portrait painter from 1739 to his death; he is buried at Walcot church. He painted many distinguished sitters such as William Pitt, Earl of Chatham*, Ralph Allen*, Christopher Anstey* – the famous author of the ‘New Bath Guide’, and many others. Many of his portraits may be seen in local civic buildings and museums. He was involved in the management of the Mineral Water Hospital as a governor. Those portraits annotated with an * are hanging in the Guildhall.

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