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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 - 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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