National Gallery of Art - THE COLLECTION
image of The Hoppner Children John Hoppner (artist)
British, 1758 - 1810
The Hoppner Children, 1791
oil on canvas
overall: 152.5 x 127 cm (60 1/16 x 50 in.)
Widener Collection
1942.9.35
Not on View
From the Tour: British and American Grand Manner Portraits of the 1700s
Object 5 of 12

Conservation Notes

The medium-coarse canvas is tightly twill woven; it has been lined, but the tacking margins survive intact. The ground is white, of moderate thickness. There is a fairly thin medium gray imprimatura. These two layers mask much of the weave of the fabric. The painting is executed in moderately thick opaque layers with no notable areas of impasto; thinner layers of more transparent glazes modify the foreground and background landscape and shadowed areas and details of the figures. There is a broad craquelure. The paint is abraded and damaged in the region of the sky and the figures, but areas of retouching are not apparent through the discolored varnish. The paint surface has been flattened slightly during lining. The moderately thick slightly toned natural resin varnish has discolored yellow to a significant degree.

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