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Thomas Hudson

(1701-1779), Portrait painter and art collector

Artist associated with 182 portraits
Hudson was a portrait painter, born in Devon. He trained under the successful portrait painter Jonathan Richardson, later marrying his daughter. He had many artistic friends including William Hogarth, Allan Ramsay and Francis Hayman. Hudson retained these connections, travelling to France, Holland and Flanders with Hogarth and Hayman in 1748 and to Italy with the sculptor Louis-François Roubiliac in 1752. Having established his own portrait-painting practice, Hudson became increasingly fashionable. As the number of commissions grew, he employed drapery painters to assist him. His many pupils included Joshua Reynolds and Joseph Wright of Derby.

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Matthew Prior, by Thomas Hudson, after  Jonathan Richardson - NPG 562

Matthew Prior

by Thomas Hudson, after Jonathan Richardson
oil on canvas, before 1779, based on a work of 1718
NPG 562

James Bradley, after Thomas Hudson - NPG 1073

James Bradley

after Thomas Hudson
oil on panel, feigned oval, circa 1833-1840, based on a work of circa 1742-1747
NPG 1073

Frank Nicholls, attributed to Thomas Hudson - NPG 6144

Frank Nicholls

attributed to Thomas Hudson
oil on canvas, circa 1745-1748
NPG 6144

Alexander van Aken, by Thomas Hudson - NPG 5299

Alexander van Aken

by Thomas Hudson
oil on canvas, feigned oval, engraved 1748
NPG 5299

Susannah Maria Cibber (née Arne), by Thomas Hudson - NPG 4526

Susannah Maria Cibber (née Arne)

by Thomas Hudson
oil on canvas, feigned oval, engraved 1749
NPG 4526

James Smith Stanley, Lord Strange, by William Derby, after  Thomas Hudson - NPG 2424

James Smith Stanley, Lord Strange

by William Derby, after Thomas Hudson
watercolour and pencil, 1749-1847, based on a work of circa 1749
NPG 2424

Sir George Pocock, after Thomas Hudson - NPG 1787

Sir George Pocock

after Thomas Hudson
oil on canvas, early 19th century, based on a work of circa 1761
NPG 1787

St Mary Magdalene, by and sold by John Faber Jr, after  Thomas Hudson - NPG D38265

St Mary Magdalene

by and sold by John Faber Jr, after Thomas Hudson
mezzotint, mid 18th century
NPG D38265


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