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Sir John Willes

6 of 182 portraits by Thomas Hudson

Sir John Willes, by Thomas Hudson, engraved 1744 - NPG 484 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Sir John Willes

by Thomas Hudson
oil on canvas, engraved 1744
53 1/4 in. x 40 1/4 in. (1352 mm x 1022 mm)
Given by Society of Judges and Serjeants-at-Law, 1877
Primary Collection
NPG 484


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  • Thomas Hudson (1701-1779), Portrait painter and art collector. Artist associated with 182 portraits.

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The portrait shows Willes in his scarlet robes as a justice, with a collar of ss as an ancient insignia of office. NPG 484 probably represents a second sitting to the leading portrait painter artist, Thomas Hudson, and is a good and perhaps the best of known versions. A few years earlier Hudson had painted a standing portrait of the judge. More detailed information on this portrait is available in a National Portrait Gallery collection catalogue, John Kerslake's Early Georgian Portraits (1977, out of print).

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