Captain George Porter

Captain George Porter

1789
Artist
John Hoppner, English, 1758-1810
painting
Oil paint on canvas
Gift of the Berger Collection Educational Trust
2019.6

John Hoppner
British, 1758–1810
Captain George Porter, 1789
Oil paint on canvas 
Gift of the Berger Collection Educational Trust, 2019.6

This object is currently on view
Dimensions
image height: 93 in, 236.2200 cm; image width: 57 1/4 in, 145.415 cm; frame height: 103 1/2 in, 262.89 cm; frame width: 67 1/4 in, 170.815 cm; frame depth: 6 in, 15.2400 cm
Department
European and American Art Before 1900
Collection
European Painting and Sculpture before 1900

George Porter grew up in Constantinople (present-day Istanbul, Turkey), where his father was the British ambassador. This portrait alludes to that connection: the dome and towers of Hagia Sophia, the city's iconic sixth-century former church and mosque, are visible in the background. Captain Porter's fur-trimmed "long gown," as it's called, with its gold-embroidered waist-sash, was worn by British and European men when traveling in the Near East. 

Known Provenance
Christie’s, London, June 23, 1933, lot 119 (as Portrait of the Hon. Basil Cochrane, second son of Alexander, 9th Earl Dundonald by G. Stuart); private collection, U.S.; Sotheby’s, New York, January 30, 1997, lot 54; from which acquired by William M. B. Berger and Bernadette Johnson Berger, Denver; Berger Collection Educational Trust; gifted to the Denver Art Museum, 2019. Provenance research is on-going at the Denver Art Museum and we will post information as it becomes available. Please e-mail provenance@denverartmuseum.org, if you have questions, or if you have additional information to share with us.

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