Charles Howard Hodges

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Charles Howard Hodges (1764-1837) was born in Portsmouth. He became an apprentice painter under John Raphael Smith. He moved with his family to The Hague in 1792, after staying in Dublin for two years. In 1797, he and his family moved to Amsterdam, where he lived with his teacher Johann Friedrich August Tischbein at the Prinsengracht N° 205. In Amsterdam, he worked as an artist, specialized in... Read moreCharles Howard Hodges (1764-1837) was born in Portsmouth. He became an apprentice painter under John Raphael Smith. He moved with his family to The Hague in 1792, after staying in Dublin for two years. In 1797, he and his family moved to Amsterdam, where he lived with his teacher Johann Friedrich August Tischbein at the Prinsengracht N° 205. In Amsterdam, he worked as an artist, specialized in the mezzotint technique he had adopted in England and the pastel technique he learned from Tischbein. There, he became a famous painter of portraits. He was also an engraver, printer, art dealer and a member of the Amsterdam art club Felix Meritis. He is well known for the fact that he painted the leaders of the Netherlands during the Napoleonic Period. In 1815 Hodges advised the Dutch government on the return of thousands of works of art, which were confiscated by the French in 1795 from several collections, including the Gallery of Prince William V (the first museum open to the public in the Netherlands). Most of the over 700 portraits by Hodges are made in the early 19th century. Several of these portraits are included in the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam and in various royal and private collections.

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