Purchased (together with a Gainsborough and several other portraits) by Martin V. Kelly of Toledo, Ohio in 1918 and thence by descent.
Hudson, Thomas, bap.1701, (d.1779), Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Ellen G. Miles, version 2008.
E. G. Miles: Thomas Hudson 1701–1779: Portrait Painter and Collector, A bicentenary exhibition, 1979
A Portrait of a young lady, painted by Thomas Hudson c.1736. Inscribed 'D.G. 18 years' and signed 'Hudson'. Oil on canvas in a giltwood frame and on its original strainer. This is a rare signed and fine early portrait by Thomas Hudson.
Thomas Hudson was born in Exeter, Devon in 1701. He was a pupil of the artist Jonathan Richardson and married Richardson's daughter Mary in the early 1720's. Until Richardson`s retirement, Hudson painted portraits mainly in the west country, including Devon and Bath. His earliest portraits are documented in the accounts of the Courtenay family of Devon for 1728. On Richardson`s retirement, Hudson gained a number of his master`s clients and became more prominent in London. He collaborated with the Flemish artist Joseph Van Aken as his drapery painter and his work soon showed the influence of the portraits of Van Dyck. Hudson painted around 4,000 portraits during his career but only around 80 are known to be signed. Among his best-known portraits are 'Theodore Jacobsen' (1746, Thomas Coram Foundation, London', Lady Mary Andover' (1746, Ranger's House, Blackheath, London), 'Charles Spencer, 3rd Duke of Marlborough and his family'(c.1755, Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire) and 2 portraits of George Frideric Handel (1748, Universitatbibliothek, Hamburg and NPG, London). His success attracted many apprentices, including Joshua Reynolds and Joseph Wright of Derby.
In 1770 after his retirement to Twickenham and the death of his wife he married Mary Fynes. He died in January 1779.
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