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.