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PORTRAIT OF GILES EYRE OF BOX
Oil on canvas 30 ½ x 26 inches
Framed size 40 x 35 ½ inches
Thomas Hudson was one of the foremost portrait painters in England in the mid 18th Century, who painted many sitters in the West Country as well having a studio in London from 1730 –1740. He was influenced by Van Loo, whom he succeeded as the principal portrait painter for British Society. By 1744 he had established himself as the leading portraitist in London attracting eminent sitters.
Hudson painted at least 400 portraits, about 80 of which were engraved. Hudson and Ramsay both employed Joseph & Alexander Van Aken to paint their draperies. The practice of employing painters in the mid 18th Century was very common.
The Van Aken brothers were the best skilled painters of silks, satins, velvets and embroideries and their contribution was considered to be an enhancement to the final painting.
Hudson had many pupils including Joseph Wright of Derby, John Hamilton Mortimer and Joshua Reynolds, indeed his influence and importance to 18th Century painting in Britain is immense.
He exhibited his work at The Society of Artists of Great Britain, and at The Free Society of Artists.
Works Represented: National Portrait Gallery, National Gallery of Ireland, Tate, Dulwich Art Gallery, Goldsmiths Company, Blenheim Place and Yale.
Bibl: Portrait Painters in Britain – B. Stewart & M. Cutten
Thomas Hudson Exhibition Catalogue. The Iveagh Bequest Kenwood 1979
The Eyre’s were an old and important Wiltshire family. Several members held seats in Parliament and one became Lord Chief Justice of the Common Pleas.
Giles’s uncle Colonel John Eyre was sent by Cromwell to Ireland where he built Eyrecourt Castle in County Galway. Another uncle, Samuel, emigrated to Philadelphia.
Giles’s family home was the Manor of Brickworth in the parish of Whiteparish. His father, also Giles, married Anne Butler.
|Height||30.50 inch||(77.47 cm)|
|Width||26.00 inch||(66.04 cm)|
|External Height||40.00 inch||(101.60 cm)|
|External Width||35.50 inch||(90.17 cm)|
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