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Portrait miniature of George Hall, Bishop of Dromore (c.1753–1811), wearing black coat and white stock, his hair powdered 

Horace Hone 1754/6-1825

Portrait miniature of George Hall, Bishop of Dromore (c.1753–1811), wearing black coat and white stock, his hair powdered, Horace Hone
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Watercolour on ivory
Oval, 45mm. (1 49/64 in.) high
 
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Although not born in Ireland, Hall settled there from the age of sixteen becoming one of two Provosts of Trinity College Dublin not to have been born in Ireland. He had entered Trinity College at the age of seventeen and was then elected Scholar in 1773 and Fellow in 1777. His academic prowess was clear, having graduated B.A. (1775), M.A. (1778), B.D. (1786) and D.D. (1790). This academic excellence was mirrored by his career at Trinity, alongside his fellowship, he was also Archbishop King's lecturer in Divinity 1790-1, Regius (‘royal’) Professor of Greek in 1790 and 1795, Professor of Modern History in 1791, and Professor of Mathematics 1799. He was Provost from 1806 to 1811.

Hall’s greatest achievement was perhaps his appointment as Bishop of Dromore in November 1811, but he died a few days after his consecration. He was buried in the college chapel.

This portrait of Hall, painted by Dublin resident Horace Hone, was taken in 1783, the year after Hone set up a permanent studio in that city. In 1795, Hone was appointed Miniature Painter to the Prince of Wales (later George IV), and returned to London to establish a practice there in 1804.
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