Unknown Gentleman

  • About the work
    Location
    Country: Turkey
    City: Ankara
    Place: British Embassy

    The sitter represented here bears a resemblance to a portrait of Henry Howard, 12th Earl of Suffolk and 5th Earl of Berkshire (1739-1779) in the Eton College Collection (ref: FDA-P.308-2010).

  • 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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    Materials & Techniques
    canvas, oil, oil painting
  • Details
    Title
    Unknown Gentleman
    Date
    c1750
    Medium
    Oil on canvas
    Dimensions
    height: 74.00 cm, width: 61.50 cm
    Acquisition
    Purchased from Agnew's, January 1949
    Provenance
    With Agnew’s Gallery, London; from whom purchased in January 1949
    GAC number
    708