Thomas Worlidge (1700-1766), Painter and etcher
Sitter associated with 5 portraits
Artist associated with 43 portraits
Received his artistic training from Genoese painter Alessandro Grimaldi and engraver Louis-Philippe Boitard. Worlidge's enthusiasm for the work of Rembrandt, which was shared by a number of influential artists in mid-eighteenth-century England, was the dominant force in his life and work. His imitations of Rembrandt in etching and dry point sold quickly and remained popular after his death. Worlidge retained a house in London but spent the winter social season in Bath, painting the portraits of society members. He described himself as a painter, and probably earned his living by painting portraits, however, few paintings by him are now known and he is best remembered for his etchings and mezzotints.
by or after Thomas Worlidge
oil on canvas, circa 1753
On display at British Library, London, UK in the exhibition 'Georgians Revealed: Life, Style and the Making of Modern Britain'