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Thomas Hudson (1701-1779), Portrait painter and art collector

Artist associated with 182 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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D31666

William Benn

by James Macardell, after Thomas Hudson
mezzotint, 1746 or after
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D32909

William Augustus, Duke of Cumberland

by Scotin, after Thomas Hudson
etching, published 1746
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D1449

Susannah Maria Cibber (née Arne)

by John Faber Jr, after Thomas Hudson
mezzotint, 1746
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D1450

Susannah Maria Cibber (née Arne)

by John Faber Jr, after Thomas Hudson
mezzotint, 1746
NPG D1450

D354

Mary Howard (née Finch), Viscountess Andover

by John Faber Jr, after Thomas Hudson
mezzotint, 1746
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D4814

Sir John Willes

by Johnson, after Thomas Hudson
mezzotint, 1746
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D14824

Mary Howard (née Finch), Viscountess Andover

by and published by John Faber Jr, after Thomas Hudson
mezzotint, published 1746
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D38083

Flora Macdonald with miniature of Prince Charles Edward Stuart

by John Faber Jr, sold by George Strahan, after Thomas Hudson
mezzotint, late 1740s-early 1750s (1747)
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D1978

Martin Folkes

by James Macardell, after Thomas Hudson
mezzotint, late 1740s-1750s
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D1979

Martin Folkes

by James Macardell, after Thomas Hudson
mezzotint, late 1740s-1750s
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D718

William Benn

by John Faber Jr, after Thomas Hudson
mezzotint, 1747 or before
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D32863

King George II

by and published by Michael Ford, after Thomas Hudson
mezzotint, 1748 (1744)
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D35720

Thomas Herring

by John Faber Jr, published by Thomas Bowles Jr, published by John Bowles, published by Carington Bowles, probably after Thomas Hudson
mezzotint, before 1763 (circa 1748)
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D40186

Sir John Philipps, 6th Bt

by and sold by John Faber Jr, after Thomas Hudson
mezzotint, 1748
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D3014

Thomas Herring

after George White, after Thomas Hudson
mezzotint, (1748)
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D3293

Matthew Hutton

by and sold by John Faber Jr, after Thomas Hudson
mezzotint, circa 1748-1756
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D3294

Matthew Hutton

by and sold by John Faber Jr, after Thomas Hudson
mezzotint, circa 1748-1756
NPG D3294

D3892

Sir John Philipps, 6th Bt

by and sold by John Faber Jr, after Thomas Hudson
mezzotint, 1748
NPG D3892

D4535

Alexander van Haecken

by John Faber Jr, after Thomas Hudson
mezzotint, 1748
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D4536

Alexander van Haecken

by John Faber Sr, after Thomas Hudson
mezzotint, 1748
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