Anthony Scrope

  • About the work
    Location
    Country: Japan
    City: Tokyo
    Place: British Embassy

    This portrait of 'Anthony Scrope' attributed to Thomas Hudson (1701-1779), one of the most fashionable London portraitists of the 1740s and ‘50s, is something of a mystery. Although we have his name and image, nothing more of the sitter is known.

  • 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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    People
    Scrope, Anthony
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    Materials & Techniques
    canvas, oil, oil painting, feigned oval
  • Details
    Title
    Anthony Scrope
    Date
    Medium
    Oil on canvas
    Dimensions
    height: 76.00 cm, width: 63.50 cm
    Acquisition
    Purchased 1947
    Inscription
    none visible
    Provenance
    Collection of Mrs. Braund; by whose executors sold through Christie's, London, ‘Old Pictures: Prop. of Mrs. Braund, Charles Stirling and Old Pictures and Drawings from Other Sources’ sale, on 17 January 1947 (Lot 5), for £8.8.0, as by ‘School of Kneller’; from which sale purchased by ‘Wingrove’ on behalf of the Ministry of Works
    GAC number
    278