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Thomas Hope
1769–1831

Henry Philip Hope

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Medium
Pencil
Size
5 ¾ × 5 ⅞ inches · 146 × 150 mm
Notes
Signed, inscribed and dated on the backing sheet: 'Portrait of H. Hope/Thos. Hope del 1803/ Naples'
Collections
  • Louisa Hope (1791-1851), wife of the artist; 
  • By whom gifted to Emily Susan Drummond (1809-1878);  
  • William Drummond, F.S.A., to 2016.

This charming, characteristic drawing was made by the great designer and collector Thomas Hope of his brother, Henry Philip. The drawing was made in Naples in 1803 when Thomas and Henry Philip Hope visited Italy to negotiate the release of sculpture they had purchased during their first Grand Tour in 1793-1795. The carefully rendered profile study reflects both the brothers’ interest in the antique. Whilst Thomas is famous for the collection of antiquities he assembled in his innovative interiors at his house in Duchess Street, London and latterly The Deepdene in Surrey, it was Henry Philip who actually owned many of them.  Henry purchased for example the statue of an Hermaphrodite, now at the Lady Lever Art Gallery, Port Sunlight and he acquired from Vincenzo Pacetti the group of Bacchus and Hope now in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.[1]  Thomas has added a socle to the profile drawing transforming the profile drawing into a bust, whilst Henry Philip’s stylised hair recalls the Roman sculpture they were both in the process of acquiring. Drawings by Thomas Hope are comparatively rare and this intimate, intelligent portrait of his brother is an important recent discovery. 

References

  1. Pacetti records Henry visiting his studio on 14 and 16 December, 1795, see: Giornale di Vincenzo Pacetti dall’anno 1773 fino all’anno 1803’ Rome, Bibliotheca Alessandrina, MS.321. See: See: G. Waywell, The Lever and Hope Sculptures; Ancient Sculptures in the Lady Lever Art Gallery, Port Sunlight and A Catalogue of the Ancient Sculptures in the Hope Collection, London and Deepdene, Berlin, 1986, Part II, no.6 called ‘Statue of Dionysus and idol’ and ‘Statuette of Standing Hermaphrodite’ Part I, cat. no. 2.