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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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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

William Augustus, Duke of Cumberland, by John Faber Jr, after  Thomas Hudson - NPG D7943

William Augustus, Duke of Cumberland

by John Faber Jr, after Thomas Hudson
mezzotint, circa 1744-1756 (1744)
NPG D7943

Mary Carew, by Jacobus Lovelace, after  Thomas Hudson - NPG D19340

Mary Carew

by Jacobus Lovelace, after Thomas Hudson
line engraving, 1744 (1743)
NPG D19340

James Quin, by and published by John Faber Jr, after  Thomas Hudson - NPG D19983

James Quin

by and published by John Faber Jr, after Thomas Hudson
mezzotint, 1744
NPG D19983

Miss Hudson, by John Faber Jr, after  Thomas Hudson - NPG D3120

Miss Hudson

by John Faber Jr, after Thomas Hudson
mezzotint, (circa 1745-1750)
NPG D3120

Miss Hudson, by John Faber Jr, after  Thomas Hudson - NPG D3121

Miss Hudson

by John Faber Jr, after Thomas Hudson
mezzotint, (circa 1745-1750)
NPG D3121

William Benn, by James Macardell, after  Thomas Hudson - NPG D31666

William Benn

by James Macardell, after Thomas Hudson
mezzotint, 1746 or after
NPG D31666

William Augustus, Duke of Cumberland, by Scotin, after  Thomas Hudson - NPG D32909

William Augustus, Duke of Cumberland

by Scotin, after Thomas Hudson
etching, published 1746
NPG D32909

Susannah Maria Cibber (née Arne), by John Faber Jr, after  Thomas Hudson - NPG D1449

Susannah Maria Cibber (née Arne)

by John Faber Jr, after Thomas Hudson
mezzotint, 1746
NPG D1449

Susannah Maria Cibber (née Arne), by John Faber Jr, after  Thomas Hudson - NPG D1450

Susannah Maria Cibber (née Arne)

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

Mary Howard (née Finch), Viscountess Andover, by John Faber Jr, after  Thomas Hudson - NPG D354

Mary Howard (née Finch), Viscountess Andover

by John Faber Jr, after Thomas Hudson
mezzotint, 1746
NPG D354

Sir John Willes, by Johnson, after  Thomas Hudson - NPG D4814

Sir John Willes

by Johnson, after Thomas Hudson
mezzotint, 1746
NPG D4814

Mary Howard (née Finch), Viscountess Andover, by and published by John Faber Jr, after  Thomas Hudson - NPG D14824

Mary Howard (née Finch), Viscountess Andover

by and published by John Faber Jr, after Thomas Hudson
mezzotint, published 1746
NPG D14824

Martin Folkes, by James Macardell, after  Thomas Hudson - NPG D36991

Martin Folkes

by James Macardell, after Thomas Hudson
mezzotint, late 1740s-1750s
NPG D36991

Flora Macdonald with miniature of Prince Charles Edward Stuart, by John Faber Jr, sold by  George Strahan, after  Thomas Hudson - NPG 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)
NPG D38083

Martin Folkes, by James Macardell, after  Thomas Hudson - NPG D1978

Martin Folkes

by James Macardell, after Thomas Hudson
mezzotint, late 1740s-1750s
NPG D1978

Martin Folkes, by James Macardell, after  Thomas Hudson - NPG D1979

Martin Folkes

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

William Benn, by John Faber Jr, after  Thomas Hudson - NPG D718

William Benn

by John Faber Jr, after Thomas Hudson
mezzotint, 1747 or before
NPG D718

King George II, by and published by Michael Ford, after  Thomas Hudson - NPG D32863

King George II

by and published by Michael Ford, after Thomas Hudson
mezzotint, 1748 (1744)
NPG D32863

Thomas Herring, by John Faber Jr, published by  Thomas Bowles Jr, published by  John Bowles, published by  Carington Bowles, probably after  Thomas Hudson - NPG 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)
NPG D35720

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