The sitters have not been identified but it has been suggested that they may be members of the Hope family, who were bankers in Liverpool.

Driving was a popular pastime in the 18th century, and high open carriages such as this required a degree of skill to manoeuvre. They were known as 'phaetons' after the son of the god Apollo who recklessly attempted to drive his father's chariot.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
1724 - 1806
Full title
A Gentleman driving a Lady in a Phaeton
Date made
1787
Medium and support
Oil on oak
Dimensions
82.5 x 101.6 cm
Inscription summary
Signed; Dated
Acquisition credit
Bequeathed by Miss H.S. Hope, 1920
Inventory number
NG3529
Location in Gallery