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ID number:  BIRBI-59.6
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Artist / Maker:  Hone, Nathaniel (1718-1784)
Title / Object name:  Portrait of Charles Lee Lewes
Object type:  Painting
Culture:  Irish
Date made:  exhibited 1775
Materials:  Oil on canvas
Measurements:  71 x 61 cm unframed; 93.2 x 81 x 8.7cm framed
Provenance:  Purchased from Agnew, September 1959

Charles Lewes (1740-1803) was an actor and singer who specialised in comic roles. He holds the music of a popular drinking song, The Wine Vault, made more suggestive here by the way some words are obscured. The informal pose, with Lewes leaning over the back of a chair as if engaging us in conversation, is in keeping with the music.
Nathaniel Hone was a Dublin-born portrait and miniature painter best known for his satirical portrait of Joshua Reynolds, president of the Royal Academy.

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