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Thomas Hudson - British Artist From Art History

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Historical Artist - Thomas Hudson (1701 - 1779)

Thomas Hudson studied under Jonathan Richardson the Elder and eventually married his master’s daughter. From around 1745 to 1755, Hudson was the leading portraitist in London, receiving some competition from Ramsay. He owned a large studio with many assistants to help him complete his large collection of works. Hudson retired towards the end of the 1750’s, around the time his pupil, Reynolds, was gaining a reputation. 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.

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