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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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Thomas Worlidge, by Thomas Worlidge - NPG D4693

Thomas Worlidge

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

Thomas Worlidge, by Thomas Worlidge - NPG D4692

Thomas Worlidge

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

Thomas Worlidge, by Thomas Worlidge - NPG D4694

Thomas Worlidge

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

Thomas Worlidge, by Thomas Worlidge - NPG D36300

Thomas Worlidge

by Thomas Worlidge
etching, 1754
NPG D36300

Thomas Worlidge, by Thomas Worlidge - NPG D4691

Thomas Worlidge

by Thomas Worlidge
etching and drypoint, 1754
NPG D4691


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