Philipp August Hoyoll was born in Aachen, Germany in 1816 to Johan August Hoyoll and Philippine Henriette Vontriebenfeld. He had a disability which meant he had difficulty in walking and needed to use crutches, although it is not clear if he was born with it or at what point in his life this occurred. He briefly enrolled at the Royal Academy of Arts in Berlin in 1833 before studying art at the Dusseldorf Academy from 1834-1839 under Karl Ferdinand Sohn (1805-1867).
He made his debut at the Berlin Academy exhibition in 1836 and continued to show his work there until he emigrated to England around 1853. A move which was undoubtedly prompted by the violence he witnessed during the German Revolution of 1848. Hoyoll settled in Lancashire, living in Bridgeman Street, Bolton where he made his living from portrait commissions. He painted many prominent people and wealthy industrialists of the area including Thomas Thwaites, Mayor of Blackburn and Isaac Simpson of Preston.
By 1864, he had moved to London and started exhibiting at the Royal Academy from an address in King’s Cross. He also exhibited at the Society of British Artists from 1863-1875, the British Institute and the Royal Hibernian Gallery. He never married and is recorded in the census as living at 221 Marylebone Road in 1871 and at 223, Hampstead Rd, NW1 in 1881. He died at Hampstead on 23 August 1881, aged 66.
Hoyoll was considered a member of the Dusseldorf School and is best known for his highly distinctive portrait paintings and genre paintings of children. He enjoyed huge success at exhibition level as well as commercially; gaining lucrative commissions and became one of the most prominent painters of children during his lifetime.
Examples of his work are held by Blackburn Museum, Bolton Library & Museum, Harris Museum and the Wigan Arts and Heritage Service. His work can also be found at the Regensburg Museum, East Germany.
The painting is housed in its original gilt frame which is in excellent condition.
|Image Size||24.5 inches x 29.75 inches (62cm x 75.5cm)|
|Framed Size||35.75 inches x 41 inches (91cm x 104cm)|