George Hudson and his family
George Hudson and his family
by Unknown artist, probably associated with Hubard Gallery, possibly by Samuel Thomas Gill, possibly by E.G.A. Norman
cut-out silhouettes with watercolour background, circa 1837
18 in. x 21 7/8 in. (463 mm x 556 mm)
Artistsback to top
- Samuel Thomas Gill (1818-1880), Painter. Artist associated with 1 portrait.
- E.G.A. Norman (active 1830-1840), Artist. Artist associated with 1 portrait.
- Unknown artist, probably associated with Hubard Gallery (active 1837), Artist. Artist associated with 1 portrait.
Sittersback to top
- Ann Hudson (1830-1874), Daughter of George Hudson. Sitter in 1 portrait. Identify
- Elizabeth Hudson (née Nicholson) (1795-1886), Wife of George Hudson. Sitter in 1 portrait. Identify
- George Hudson (1800-1871), The 'Railway King'; Railway promoter and fraudster. Sitter in 3 portraits. Identify
- George Hudson (1829-1909), Factory inspector. Sitter in 1 portrait. Identify
- John Hudson (1832-1857), Son of George Hudson. Sitter in 1 portrait.
- William Hudson (1834-1876), Doctor. Sitter in 1 portrait. Identify
This portraitback to top
Having made his fortune as a draper, George Hudson founded a banking company in York and became the manager of the York and North Midland Railway Company which opened in 1839. Twice serving as mayor of York, Hudson, who went on to become the manager of two further railway companies, was known as the 'railway king'. This silhouette of Hudson and his family depicts him wearing the Lord Mayor's chain. Through the window can be seen York Minster.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 727
Placesback to top
- Place portrayed: United Kingdom: England, Yorkshire (State Room of the Mansion House, York)
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Events of 1837back to top
Current affairsThe controversial monarch William IV dies of pneumonia in June leaving no legitimate heirs, and is succeeded to the throne by his niece Victoria, one month after her eighteenth birthday.
The Registration Act of Births, Marriages and Deaths makes it compulsory for all births, marriages and deaths to be registered at a Registry Office.
Art and scienceDickens's second novel Oliver Twist is serialised in Bentley's Magazine. The story of the orphan Oliver is an attack on the Poor Law Amendment Acts (1834), a highly contentious piece of legislation which abolished outdoor relief, effectively increasing entry in the workhouse. The novel, famously made into a musical in 1968, marks Dickens as an outspoken social critic as well as a highly popular and commercial writer.
InternationalThe Russian poet Aleksandr Pushkin is killed in a duel with Baron Georges d'Anthès. Considered the founder of modern Russian literature, Pushkin blended Old Slavonic with vernacular Russian and was the first Russian writer to use everyday speech in his poetry. His works include Eugene Onegin.
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