Lady Hobhouse (Charlotte Cam)

John Donaldson

English Heritage

English Heritage

A good quality version of an original (formerly bayne-Powell collection). Charlotte was the daughter of Samuel Cam M. P. of Chantry House, Bradford, Wiltshire. She married a barrister, Sir Benjamin Hobhouse in 1785. Her son, John, was a writer and close friend of Lord Byron.
Charlotte Cam's hair is elaborately dressed with curls and pearls in the looser style of the later 1780s. This makes her white gown and blue jacket seem almost modest.
This portrait has a little in common with the work of Andrew Plimer, with its emphasis on the eyes and nose using shadow and fine dark lines around the features. However, Donaldson is altogether harsher and more lboured in comparison. Nevertheless, the features and hair are finely painted with delicate stipple and hatching.

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  • Title: Lady Hobhouse (Charlotte Cam)
  • Creator: John Donaldson
  • Location: Kenwood House
  • Physical Dimensions: Oval, 5.6 x 4.0 cm
  • Provenance: Christie's 14 Oct. 1992 (36); purchased by the Draper estate; given to Kenwood, 1992 (88029800)
  • Type: Miniature
  • Rights: Historic England Archive
  • Medium: Watercolour on ivory; gold locket frame