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Thomas Hudson

(1701-1779), Portrait painter and art collector

Artist associated with 181 portraits
Hudson was a portrait painter, born in Devon. He trained under the successful portrait painter Jonathan Richardson, later marrying his daughter. He had many artistic friends including William Hogarth, Allan Ramsay and Francis Hayman. Hudson retained these connections, travelling to France, Holland and Flanders with Hogarth and Hayman in 1748 and to Italy with the sculptor Louis-François Roubiliac in 1752. Having established his own portrait-painting practice, Hudson became increasingly fashionable. As the number of commissions grew, he employed drapery painters to assist him. His many pupils included Joshua Reynolds and Joseph Wright of Derby.

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Matthew Prior, by Thomas Hudson, after  Jonathan Richardson - NPG 562

Matthew Prior

by Thomas Hudson, after Jonathan Richardson
oil on canvas, (1718)
On display on Floor 2: Getting the Picture at Beningbrough Hall
NPG 562

Johann Christoph Pepusch, by Thomas Hudson - NPG 2063

Johann Christoph Pepusch

by Thomas Hudson
oil on canvas, circa 1735
On display in the Drawing Room at Beningbrough Hall
NPG 2063

James Bradley, after Thomas Hudson - NPG 1073

James Bradley

after Thomas Hudson
oil on panel, feigned oval, circa 1833-1840 (circa 1742-1747)
NPG 1073

King George II, by Thomas Hudson - NPG 670

King George II

by Thomas Hudson
oil on canvas, 1744
On display in Room 11 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 670

Sir John Willes, by Thomas Hudson - NPG 484

Sir John Willes

by Thomas Hudson
oil on canvas, engraved 1744
On display at Royal Courts of Justice, London
NPG 484

Frank Nicholls, attributed to Thomas Hudson - NPG 6144

Frank Nicholls

attributed to Thomas Hudson
oil on canvas, circa 1745-1748
NPG 6144

Thomas Herring, attributed to Thomas Hudson - NPG 4895

Thomas Herring

attributed to Thomas Hudson
oil on canvas, circa 1748
On display at Old Palace School, London
NPG 4895

Alexander van Aken, by Thomas Hudson - NPG 5299

Alexander van Aken

by Thomas Hudson
oil on canvas, feigned oval, engraved 1748
NPG 5299

Susannah Maria Cibber (née Arne), by Thomas Hudson - NPG 4526

Susannah Maria Cibber (née Arne)

by Thomas Hudson
oil on canvas, feigned oval, engraved 1749
On display on Floor 2: Getting the Picture at Beningbrough Hall
NPG 4526

James Smith Stanley, Lord Strange, by William Derby, after  Thomas Hudson - NPG 2424

James Smith Stanley, Lord Strange

by William Derby, after Thomas Hudson
watercolour and pencil, (circa 1749)
NPG 2424

Sir Peter Warren, by Thomas Hudson - NPG 5158

Sir Peter Warren

by Thomas Hudson
oil on canvas, circa 1751
On display in the Great Staircase Hall at Beningbrough Hall
NPG 5158

George Frideric Handel, by Thomas Hudson - NPG 3970

George Frideric Handel

by Thomas Hudson
oil on canvas, 1756
On display in Room 12 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 3970

George Frideric Handel, after Thomas Hudson - NPG 8

George Frideric Handel

after Thomas Hudson
oil on canvas, (1756)
NPG 8

Stephen Hales, studio of Thomas Hudson - NPG 1861

Stephen Hales

studio of Thomas Hudson
oil on canvas, feigned oval, circa 1759
NPG 1861

Robert Henley, 1st Earl of Northington, studio of Thomas Hudson - NPG 2166

Robert Henley, 1st Earl of Northington

studio of Thomas Hudson
oil on canvas, (1760-1761)
On display at Royal Courts of Justice, London
NPG 2166

Sir George Pocock, after Thomas Hudson - NPG 1787

Sir George Pocock

after Thomas Hudson
oil on canvas, (circa 1761)
NPG 1787

St Mary Magdalene, by and sold by John Faber Jr, after  Thomas Hudson - NPG D38265

St Mary Magdalene

by and sold by John Faber Jr, after Thomas Hudson
mezzotint, mid 18th century
NPG D38265

John Montagu, 2nd Duke of Montagu, by James Macardell, after  Thomas Hudson - NPG D38877

John Montagu, 2nd Duke of Montagu

by James Macardell, after Thomas Hudson
mezzotint, mid 18th century
NPG D38877

John Montagu, 2nd Duke of Montagu, by James Macardell, after  Thomas Hudson - NPG D38878

John Montagu, 2nd Duke of Montagu

by James Macardell, after Thomas Hudson
mezzotint, mid 18th century
NPG D38878

Mrs Faber, by John Faber Jr, after  Thomas Hudson - NPG D1896

Mrs Faber

by John Faber Jr, after Thomas Hudson
mezzotint, mid 18th century
NPG D1896

Mrs Faber, by John Faber Jr, after  Thomas Hudson - NPG D1897

Mrs Faber

by John Faber Jr, after Thomas Hudson
mezzotint, mid 18th century
NPG D1897

Samuel Scott, by and sold by John Faber Jr, after  Thomas Hudson - NPG D4197

Samuel Scott

by and sold by John Faber Jr, after Thomas Hudson
mezzotint, (circa 1731-1733)
NPG D4197

Samuel Scott, by and sold by John Faber Jr, after  Thomas Hudson - NPG D4198

Samuel Scott

by and sold by John Faber Jr, after Thomas Hudson
mezzotint, (circa 1731-1733)
NPG D4198

Stephen Weston, by George White, after  Thomas Hudson - NPG D4758

Stephen Weston

by George White, after Thomas Hudson
mezzotint, 1731
NPG D4758

Stephen Weston, by George White, after  Thomas Hudson - NPG D4759

Stephen Weston

by George White, after Thomas Hudson
mezzotint, 1731
NPG D4759

Samuel Scott, by and sold by John Faber Jr, after  Thomas Hudson - NPG D19462

Samuel Scott

by and sold by John Faber Jr, after Thomas Hudson
mezzotint, (circa 1731-1733)
NPG D19462

Francesco Bernardi ('Senesino'), by Alexander van Aken, after  Thomas Hudson - NPG D1059

Francesco Bernardi ('Senesino')

by Alexander van Aken, after Thomas Hudson
mezzotint, published 1735
NPG D1059

Charles Erskine, by Thomas Hudson - NPG D1835

Charles Erskine

by Thomas Hudson
mezzotint, (1737)
NPG D1835

Charles Erskine, by James Macardell, after  Thomas Hudson - NPG D1836

Charles Erskine

by James Macardell, after Thomas Hudson
mezzotint, (1737)
NPG D1836

Charles Erskine, by Thomas Hudson - NPG D1837

Charles Erskine

by Thomas Hudson
mezzotint, (1737)
NPG D1837

Charles Erskine, by Thomas Hudson - NPG D1838

Charles Erskine

by Thomas Hudson
mezzotint, (1737)
NPG D1838

Henry Clarke, by John Faber Jr, after  Thomas Hudson - NPG D33288

Henry Clarke

by John Faber Jr, after Thomas Hudson
mezzotint, (1739)
NPG D33288

Henry Clarke, by John Faber Jr, after  Thomas Hudson - NPG D1421

Henry Clarke

by John Faber Jr, after Thomas Hudson
mezzotint, (1739)
NPG D1421

Henry Clarke, by John Faber Jr, after  Thomas Hudson - NPG D1422

Henry Clarke

by John Faber Jr, after Thomas Hudson
mezzotint, (1739)
NPG D1422

Henry Clarke, by John Faber Jr, after  Thomas Hudson - NPG D1423

Henry Clarke

by John Faber Jr, after Thomas Hudson
mezzotint, (1739)
NPG D1423

Richard ('Beau') Nash, by John Faber Jr, after  Thomas Hudson - NPG D38474

Richard ('Beau') Nash

by John Faber Jr, after Thomas Hudson
mezzotint, (1740)
NPG D38474

Richard ('Beau') Nash, by John Faber Jr, after  Thomas Hudson - NPG D38475

Richard ('Beau') Nash

by John Faber Jr, after Thomas Hudson
mezzotint, (1740)
NPG D38475

Joseph van Aken, by John Faber Jr, published by  George Pulley, after  Thomas Hudson - NPG D38815

Joseph van Aken

by John Faber Jr, published by George Pulley, after Thomas Hudson
mezzotint, 1740s
NPG D38815

Henry Foubert, by and sold by John Faber Jr, after  Thomas Hudson - NPG D1993

Henry Foubert

by and sold by John Faber Jr, after Thomas Hudson
mezzotint, 1740
NPG D1993

Henry Foubert, by John Faber Jr, after  Thomas Hudson - NPG D1994

Henry Foubert

by John Faber Jr, after Thomas Hudson
mezzotint, 1740
NPG D1994

George Graham, by Thomas Ryley, sold by  Robert Sayer, after  Thomas Hudson - NPG D2470

George Graham

by Thomas Ryley, sold by Robert Sayer, after Thomas Hudson
mezzotint, circa 1740
NPG D2470

Sir Watkin Williams Wynn, 3rd Bt, by and sold by John Faber Jr, after  Thomas Hudson - NPG D4945

Sir Watkin Williams Wynn, 3rd Bt

by and sold by John Faber Jr, after Thomas Hudson
mezzotint, circa 1740-1756
NPG D4945

Richard ('Beau') Nash, by John Faber Jr, after  Thomas Hudson - NPG D5327

Richard ('Beau') Nash

by John Faber Jr, after Thomas Hudson
mezzotint, (1740)
NPG D5327

Sir Watkin Williams Wynn, 3rd Bt, by and sold by John Faber Jr, after  Thomas Hudson - NPG D8959

Sir Watkin Williams Wynn, 3rd Bt

by and sold by John Faber Jr, after Thomas Hudson
mezzotint, circa 1740-1756
NPG D8959

William Fortescue, by John Faber Jr, after  Thomas Hudson - NPG D37756

William Fortescue

by John Faber Jr, after Thomas Hudson
mezzotint, 1741
NPG D37756

William Fortescue, by John Faber Jr, after  Thomas Hudson - NPG D37757

William Fortescue

by John Faber Jr, after Thomas Hudson
mezzotint, 1741
NPG D37757

William Fortescue, by John Faber Jr, after  Thomas Hudson - NPG D37758

William Fortescue

by John Faber Jr, after Thomas Hudson
mezzotint, 1741
NPG D37758

William Fortescue, by John Faber Jr, after  Thomas Hudson - NPG D18858

William Fortescue

by John Faber Jr, after Thomas Hudson
mezzotint, 1741
NPG D18858

Robert Ker, 2nd Duke of Roxburghe, by James Macardell, after  Thomas Hudson - NPG D19439

Robert Ker, 2nd Duke of Roxburghe

by James Macardell, after Thomas Hudson
mezzotint, circa 1741
NPG D19439

James Bradley, by and published by John Faber Jr, after  Thomas Hudson - NPG D799

James Bradley

by and published by John Faber Jr, after Thomas Hudson
mezzotint, 1742-1756
NPG D799

James Bradley, by and published by John Faber Jr, after  Thomas Hudson - NPG D14908

James Bradley

by and published by John Faber Jr, after Thomas Hudson
mezzotint, 1742-1756
NPG D14908

Sir John Willes, by John Faber Jr, after  Thomas Hudson - NPG D18550

Sir John Willes

by John Faber Jr, after Thomas Hudson
mezzotint, 1742
NPG D18550

King George II, by Thomas Ryley, after  Thomas Hudson - NPG D32862

King George II

by Thomas Ryley, after Thomas Hudson
mezzotint, (1744)
NPG D32862

William Augustus, Duke of Cumberland, by and published by Johann Jakob Haid, after  John Faber Jr, after  Thomas Hudson - NPG D32908

William Augustus, Duke of Cumberland

by and published by Johann Jakob Haid, after John Faber Jr, after Thomas Hudson
mezzotint, circa 1744-1765 (1744)
NPG D32908

William Augustus, Duke of Cumberland, by and published by John Faber Jr, after  Thomas Hudson, and after  John Wootton - NPG D32910

William Augustus, Duke of Cumberland

by and published by John Faber Jr, after Thomas Hudson, and after John Wootton
mezzotint, circa 1744-1756 (1744)
NPG D32910

Sir John Willes, by and published by John Faber Jr, sold by  John Ryall, and sold by  Robert Withy, after  Thomas Hudson - NPG D37074

Sir John Willes

by and published by John Faber Jr, sold by John Ryall, and sold by Robert Withy, after Thomas Hudson
mezzotint, 1744
NPG D37074

Sir John Willes, by and published by John Faber Jr, after  Thomas Hudson - NPG D4813

Sir John Willes

by and published by John Faber Jr, after Thomas Hudson
mezzotint, 1744
NPG D4813

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