Oil on Canvas Attributed to Thomas Hudson
Thomas Hudson 1701-1779
Attributed to Thomas Hudson, 18th Century Portrait of a girl with goldfinch oil on canvas 72 x 58cm.
Thomas Hudson was an English
portrait painter in the 18th century. He was born in 1701 in the West Country of
the United Kingdom. His exact birthplace is unknown. Hudson studied under
Jonathan Richardson in London and against his wishes, married Richardson's
daughter at some point before 1725. Hudson was most prolific between 1740 and
1760 and, from 1745 until 1755 was the most successful London portraitist. He
lived at Deep Cross, Twickenham.
Many assistants were employed by Hudson, to help with his paintings. Joshua Reynolds and Joseph Wright were students of Hudson. He retired toward the end of the 1750s. He had many assistants, and employed the specialist drapery painter Joseph van Aken, and the drapery painter Peter Toms were his students.
Thomas Hudson died in 1779 in Twickenham. Many of Hudson's works may be seen in the National Portrait Gallery, the National Maritime Museum, the Tate Gallery, the Foundling Museum and the Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery.
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