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Matthew Prior

1 of 182 portraits by Thomas Hudson

Matthew Prior, by Thomas Hudson, after  Jonathan Richardson, (circa 1718) - NPG 562 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Matthew Prior

by Thomas Hudson, after Jonathan Richardson
oil on canvas, (circa 1718)
40 1/4 in. x 34 3/8 in. (1022 mm x 872 mm)
Transferred from British Museum, 1879
Primary Collection
NPG 562

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Sitterback to top

  • Matthew Prior (1664-1721), Poet, Ambassador to France and politician; MP for East Grinstead and Chief Secretary for Ireland. Sitter associated with 26 portraits.

Artistsback to top

  • Thomas Hudson (1701-1779), Portrait painter and art collector. Artist associated with 182 portraits.
  • Jonathan Richardson (1665-1745), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 120 portraits, Sitter in 8 portraits.

This portraitback to top

Painted for Lord Harley, one of Prior's main patrons, Richardson's animated composition shows the poet at the point of inspiration. This copy, by Richardson's pupil Thomas Hudson, is one of many painted for Prior's admirers.

Related worksback to top

  • NPG 91: Matthew Prior (based on same portrait)

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