The Little Gardener, between 1758 and 1800

  • John Hoppner, English, 1758-1810

Oil on canvas

  • Unframed: 50 × 40 1/2 inches (127 × 102.9 cm)
  • Framed: 60 1/8 × 50 3/8 × 3 7/8 inches (152.7 × 128 × 9.8 cm)

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Alfred J. Fisher

48.384

On View

  • British S361

Department

European Painting

  • Oil
  • Canvas
  • Landscape (representation)
  • Portrait
  • Painting (visual work)
  • Figure (representation)
  • England
  • Child portrait
  • Full length portrait

Provenance

May 18-19, 1821, sold by (Christie's, London, England) Dowager Marchioness of Thomond sale; Welbore Ellis, 2nd Earl of Normanton (Somerly, Hampshire, England); by descent to his grandson, Earl of Normanton; 1928, (Agnew's, London, England); 1928, purchased by Howard Young (London, England) [for $90,000]; purchased by Alfred Fisher [for $125,000]; Mr. and Mrs. Alfred J. Fisher (Detroit, Michigan, USA); 1948-present, gift to the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)

Published References

Exh. cat., Royal Academy. London, 1892, no. 106. [as A Young Lady Sitting in a Wood.] Roldit, M. The Collection of Pictures of the Earl of Normanton at Somerly, Hampshire. Burlington Magazine 2 (1903): pp. 206-225, p. 218 (ill.). [as by Sir Joshua Reynolds; 1785.] Graves, Algernon. "A Century of Loan Exhibitions, 1813-1912." New York,1914, vol. 3, p. 1064. [as "probably by Hoppner."] "Illustrierte Berichte." Pantheon 2 (November 1928): 563–570, p. 570 (ill.). [as by Joshua Reynolds] Masterpieces of Painting from Detroit Private Collections. Exh. cat., Detroit Institute of Arts. Detroit, 1949, no. 19. Richardson, E.P. "Hoppner's 'Little Gardener.'" Bulletin of the DIA 29, no. 1 (1949-50): pp. 13-15 (ill.). [as Young Lady Seated in a Wood.] Bandes, Susan J. Pursuits and Pleasures: Baroque Paintings from the Detroit Institute of Arts. Exh. cat., Dennos Museum Center, Kalamazoo Art Museum, Kresge Art Museum, Muskegon Museum of Art. Battle Creek, 2003, pp. 9, 24, 25 (ill.).

Rights Status

John Hoppner, The Little Gardener, between 1758 and 1800, oil on canvas. Detroit Institute of Arts, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Alfred J. Fisher, 48.384.