b. FitzWilliam Place, Dublin 1831 d. St. Doulough's, Co. Dublin 1917
Works   |   Exhibitions featuring Nathaniel Hone (the Younger)
Hone was one ofthe most important and influential landcape painters among Irish artists of the late 19th and early 20th century. The grand-nephew of Nathaniel Hone the Elder (1718/1784), he was born into a wealthy Dublin family, and after graduating from Trinity College, Dublin, he bagan work as an engineer on the railways. However, he changed his mind about his career , and in 1853 went to Paris to study art. This signified a new departure for Irish artists, whohad previously looked to England for training. Hone marks the beginning of a trend to train on the Continent, travelling to established art schools in Antwerp and Paris before going on to pain in Fontainebleau and Brittany. 

About 1857 Hone settled in Barbizon, a small village beside the forest of Fonainebleau, then much frequented by French artists who enjoyed landscape painting and who could live faily cheaply in the in the locality. For most of his time in France, he lived inFontainebleu or Barbizon. 

There he met many prominent artists, including Corot, Harpignies, Millet and Rousseau. In 1872, aged forty, after seventeen years working in France, Hone returned to Ireland. His absorption with nature and the changing light, which characterises his French works, continued to be a feature of his later Irish landscapes and coastal scenes. 

SourceBourke, Marie & Síghle Bhreathnach-Lynch. 1999, Discover Irish Art at the National Gallery of Ireland, a reference book on Irish Art, National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin.
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