A Gentleman driving a Lady in a Phaeton

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