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Thomas Worlidge

by Thomas Worlidge
etching, 1754
7 3/4 in. x 6 1/4 in. (198 mm x 158 mm) plate size; 9 3/4 in. x 6 7/8 in. (248 mm x 175 mm) paper size
acquired unknown source, 1961
Reference Collection
NPG D36300

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  • Thomas Worlidge (1700-1766), Painter and etcher. Sitter associated with 5 portraits, Artist associated with 43 portraits.

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  • Thomas Worlidge (1700-1766), Painter and etcher. Artist associated with 43 portraits, Sitter associated with 5 portraits.

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J E Ashley

10 July 2016, 21:13

Thos Worlidge;
He was initiated as a freemason in Lodge [SN 119] which met at the Black Boy and Sugar Loaf, Stanhope Street, Clare Market, London, working under the Moderns (or premier) Grand Lodge of England in 1730, where he served as Junior Warden that year. He became a joining member of a Lodge [SN 128] which met at the Rummer, Charing Cross, London on 18 August 1732. He designed the frontispiece of the Free-Masons’ Pocket Companion, published in 1735. He also painted a portrait of James Ashley of the London Punch House [Ludgate Hill] wearing Masonic regalia [image available Courtesy of Grosvenor Prints], and of Simon Fraser, 1729 - 1777, Provincial Grand Master of Canada, 1760 - 1764. Worlidge died at The Vineyard, Hammersmith on 23 September 1766. He was buried in St. Paul's churchyard, Hammersmith, where a marble slab in his memory, inscribed with verses by William Kenrick, was placed on the wall of the church. After his death his widow and her family, the Wicksteads, published Worlidge's last major project, Select Collection of Drawings from Curious Antique Gems … Etched after the Manner of Rembrandt, in 1768. A full biography can be found in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.
A photograph of a self-portrait of Thomas Worlidge is held by The Library and Museum of Freemasonry.

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