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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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Matthew Prior, by Thomas Hudson, after  Jonathan Richardson - NPG 562

Matthew Prior

by Thomas Hudson, after Jonathan Richardson
oil on canvas, (1718)
On display on Floor 2: Getting the Picture at Beningbrough Hall
NPG 562

Johann Christoph Pepusch, by Thomas Hudson - NPG 2063

Johann Christoph Pepusch

by Thomas Hudson
oil on canvas, circa 1735
On display in the Drawing Room at Beningbrough Hall
NPG 2063

James Bradley, after Thomas Hudson - NPG 1073

James Bradley

after Thomas Hudson
oil on panel, feigned oval, circa 1833-1840 (circa 1742-1747)
NPG 1073

King George II, by Thomas Hudson - NPG 670

King George II

by Thomas Hudson
oil on canvas, 1744
On display in Room 11 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 670

Sir John Willes, by Thomas Hudson - NPG 484

Sir John Willes

by Thomas Hudson
oil on canvas, engraved 1744
On display at Royal Courts of Justice, London
NPG 484

Frank Nicholls, attributed to Thomas Hudson - NPG 6144

Frank Nicholls

attributed to Thomas Hudson
oil on canvas, circa 1745-1748
NPG 6144

Thomas Herring, attributed to Thomas Hudson - NPG 4895

Thomas Herring

attributed to Thomas Hudson
oil on canvas, circa 1748
On display at Old Palace School, London
NPG 4895

Alexander van Aken, by Thomas Hudson - NPG 5299

Alexander van Aken

by Thomas Hudson
oil on canvas, feigned oval, engraved 1748
NPG 5299

Susannah Maria Cibber (née Arne), by Thomas Hudson - NPG 4526

Susannah Maria Cibber (née Arne)

by Thomas Hudson
oil on canvas, feigned oval, engraved 1749
On display on Floor 2: Getting the Picture at Beningbrough Hall
NPG 4526

James Smith Stanley, Lord Strange, by William Derby, after  Thomas Hudson - NPG 2424

James Smith Stanley, Lord Strange

by William Derby, after Thomas Hudson
watercolour and pencil, (circa 1749)
NPG 2424

Sir Peter Warren, by Thomas Hudson - NPG 5158

Sir Peter Warren

by Thomas Hudson
oil on canvas, circa 1751
On display in the Great Staircase Hall at Beningbrough Hall
NPG 5158

George Frideric Handel, by Thomas Hudson - NPG 3970

George Frideric Handel

by Thomas Hudson
oil on canvas, 1756
On display in Room 12 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 3970

George Frideric Handel, after Thomas Hudson - NPG 8

George Frideric Handel

after Thomas Hudson
oil on canvas, (1756)
NPG 8

Stephen Hales, studio of Thomas Hudson - NPG 1861

Stephen Hales

studio of Thomas Hudson
oil on canvas, feigned oval, circa 1759
NPG 1861

Robert Henley, 1st Earl of Northington, studio of Thomas Hudson - NPG 2166

Robert Henley, 1st Earl of Northington

studio of Thomas Hudson
oil on canvas, (1760-1761)
On display at Royal Courts of Justice, London
NPG 2166

Sir George Pocock, after Thomas Hudson - NPG 1787

Sir George Pocock

after Thomas Hudson
oil on canvas, (circa 1761)
NPG 1787

St Mary Magdalene, by and sold by John Faber Jr, after  Thomas Hudson - NPG D38265

St Mary Magdalene

by and sold by John Faber Jr, after Thomas Hudson
mezzotint, mid 18th century
NPG D38265

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