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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.

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King George II

by or after Thomas Worlidge
oil on canvas, circa 1753
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D29488

Philip Stanhope, 2nd Earl of Chesterfeld

by Thomas Worlidge, after Sir Peter Lely
stipple engraving, 1715-1766
NPG D29488

D14214

William Warburton

by John Lodge, after Thomas Worlidge
etching, (circa 1725-1750)
NPG D14214

D32190

Mrs Brooks

by Richard Houston, printed for Carington Bowles, after Thomas Worlidge
mezzotint, mid 18th century
NPG D32190

D4693

Thomas Worlidge

by Thomas Worlidge
etching and drypoint, mid 18th century
NPG D4693

D1115

Mrs Brooks

by Richard Houston, after Thomas Worlidge
mezzotint, mid 18th century
NPG D1115

D3797

Walter Baker

by Thomas Worlidge
etching, mid 18th century
NPG D3797

D4692

Thomas Worlidge

by Thomas Worlidge
etching and drypoint, mid 18th century
NPG D4692

D4694

Thomas Worlidge

by Thomas Worlidge
etching and drypoint, mid 18th century
NPG D4694

D824

Mrs Brooks

by Charles Spooner, printed for John Bowles, after Thomas Worlidge
mezzotint, mid 18th century
NPG D824

D19381

David Garrick

by Thomas Worlidge
etching, circa 1740-1766
NPG D19381

D23533

Unknown man

by Thomas Worlidge, probably after Rembrandt Harmensz van Rijn
etching, 1750s-1760s
NPG D23533

D4666

Mary Worlidge (née Wickstead or Wicksteed)

by George Powle, after Thomas Worlidge
mezzotint, 1750s-1760s
NPG D4666

D4667

Mary Worlidge (née Wickstead or Wicksteed)

by George Powle, after Thomas Worlidge
mezzotint, 1750s-1760s
NPG D4667

D702

Edward Berry

by Richard Houston, printed for John Bowles, printed for Carington Bowles, after Thomas Worlidge
mezzotint, 1750s
NPG D702

D30693

Henry Jenkins

by Thomas Worlidge, after Walker
etching, published 1752
NPG D30693

D9202

King George II

by Richard Houston, printed for and sold by Robert Sayer, after Thomas Worlidge
mezzotint, (circa 1753)
NPG D9202

D10757

King George II

by Thomas Worlidge
etching, 1753
NPG D10757

D7890

John Lindsay, 20th Earl of Crawford

by Thomas Worlidge
etching, published 1753
NPG D7890

D19636

King George II

by Richard Houston, sold by Robert Sayer, and sold by Thomas Jefferys, after Thomas Worlidge
mezzotint, (circa 1753)
NPG D19636