Regency Hero

Hugh Hope, Esq., at the Cleveland Museum of Art, painted by Henry Raeburn in 1810.

Hope was the fourth son of the ninth baronet, Sir Archibald Hope of Craighall, Scotland. He was born in 1783, and joined the East India Civil Service in 1803. There’s a reference that he was sent to the Ile de France by Lord Minto, the Governor General of India in 1810 to arrange for the release of a Mr. Flinders. He perhaps had the portrait painted at the time. Hope DSO, died on October 7, 1822, at Mirzapore, and was buried in India. All I found for his wife was a mention of her tombstone. Her name was Isabella Gray Hope, also Scottish. She was born November 20, 1798, and died November 24, 1857, and  buried at La Grand Jas cemetary near Cannes, France. She was only 23 when he died, and never remarried.

I’ve been visiting my friend Ann in Cleveland, and we always have to make a trip to the fabulous Cleveland Museum of Art. We always look for portraits of gorgeous men who look like they could be on the cover of a romance. She spotted this painting her last trip, and was eager to share it with me. I love it, and, as you can see, couldn’t wait to share it with you, also. Enjoy.

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