William Fortescue (1687-1749) judge

  • About the work
    Location
    Country: UK
    City: London
    Place: Royal Courts of Justice, The Strand
  • About the artist
    Thomas Hudson, portrait painter and art collector, was born in Devon. He was a pupil of Jonathan Richardson, whose daughter he married. He worked mostly in the West Country and employed his brother, Alexander (a drapery painter) and Joseph van Aken. He was one of the artists who met at Old Slaughter’s Coffee House in London in the 1740s, (Hogarth, Hayman, Ramsay and Rysbrack were others). In 1748, he travelled to France and the Low Countries with Hogarth, Hayman and van Aken and, in 1752, visited Rome with Roubiliac. Among his distinguished apprentices were Reynolds, Wright of Derby and Mortimer. During the 1740s and 1750s he enjoyed great success but later lost commissions to Reynolds. He retired to Twickenham where he died, aged about 77.
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    Fortescue, William
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    Materials & Techniques
    engraving
  • Details
    Title
    William Fortescue (1687-1749) judge
    Date
    Medium
    Engraving
    Acquisition
    Origin uncertain
    Provenance
    Discovered in Royal Courts of Justice
    GAC number
    17187