Ann Gardiner with Her Eldest Son, Kirkman
- Nathaniel Hone, Irish, 1718-1784
- Born: Dublin, Ireland
- Work Locations: England, Italy
Ann Gardiner with Her Eldest Son, Kirkman, 1776
Oil paint on canvas
Signed at lower left, N. Hone p.t 1776., and upper right, curving around window, N. Hone p.t 1776.
Gift of the Berger Collection Educational Trust, 2019.16
Born in Dublin to Dutch parents, Nathaniel Hone studied in Italy and was a founding member of London’s Royal Academy. This portrait of Ann Gardiner (born 1746), daughter of the prominent Irish politician Charles Gardiner, and her son Kirkman is an example of Hone’s “fancy” pictures, paintings that represented their subjects as allegorical, mythological, or biblical figures. Here his sitters recall images of the Madonna and Child, while the boy’s togalike garment and the classical column in the background allude to images of Venus and Cupid from Greek mythology.
- “Treasures from the Berger Collection: British Paintings 1400-2000” — Denver Art Museum, 10/2/2014 – 9/9/2018