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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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Joseph van Aken

by John Faber Jr, published by George Pulley, after Thomas Hudson
mezzotint, 1740s
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Henry Foubert

by and sold by John Faber Jr, after Thomas Hudson
mezzotint, 1740
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D1994

Henry Foubert

by John Faber Jr, after Thomas Hudson
mezzotint, 1740
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D2470

George Graham

by Thomas Ryley, sold by Robert Sayer, after Thomas Hudson
mezzotint, circa 1740
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D4945

Sir Watkin Williams Wynn, 3rd Bt

by and sold by John Faber Jr, after Thomas Hudson
mezzotint, circa 1740-1756
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D5327

Richard ('Beau') Nash

by John Faber Jr, after Thomas Hudson
mezzotint, (1740)
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D8959

Sir Watkin Williams Wynn, 3rd Bt

by and sold by John Faber Jr, after Thomas Hudson
mezzotint, circa 1740-1756
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D18858

William Fortescue

by John Faber Jr, after Thomas Hudson
mezzotint, 1741
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D19439

Robert Ker, 2nd Duke of Roxburghe

by James Macardell, after Thomas Hudson
mezzotint, circa 1741
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D799

James Bradley

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

James Bradley

by and published by John Faber Jr, after Thomas Hudson
mezzotint, 1742-1756
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Sir John Willes

by John Faber Jr, after Thomas Hudson
mezzotint, 1742
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D32862

King George II

by Thomas Ryley, after Thomas Hudson
mezzotint, (1744)
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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)
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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)
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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
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D4813

Sir John Willes

by and published by John Faber Jr, after Thomas Hudson
mezzotint, 1744
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D7943

William Augustus, Duke of Cumberland

by John Faber Jr, after Thomas Hudson
mezzotint, circa 1744-1756 (1744)
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D19340

Mary Carew

by Jacobus Lovelace, after Thomas Hudson
line engraving, 1744 (1743)
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D19983

James Quin

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