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A good quality 18th century portrait of a gentleman, traditionally held to be Sir Henry Blunt as a young man.
The traditional identification is unlikely, as Sir Henry, the second baronet, was born in 1696 and died in 1759.
The sitter is more likely to be Sir Charles William Blunt, 3rd Baronet (1731-1802).
He was the son of Sir Henry Blunt, 2nd Bt. and Dorothy Nutt. He was baptised on 24 September 1731 at St. Lawrence Poultney, London, England. He was admitted to the Middle Temple.
He married Elizabeth Peers, daughter of Richard Peers and Anna Sophia Symons, on 22 July 1764 at St. George's Church, Queen's Square, London, England. They had nine children and lived at Clery, Hampshire, England.
Blunt died on 29 August 1802 at age 70 at Pullah, near Calcutta, India. He was buried in Calcutta, India
THOMAS HUDSON (1701 – 26 January 1779) was an English portrait painter.
Hudson was born in Devon in 1701.His exact birthplace is unknown. He studied under Jonathan Richardson in London and against his wishes, married Richardson's daughter at some point before 1725.
Hudson was most prolific between 1740 and 1760 and, from 1745 until 1755 was the most successful London portraitist.
He had many assistants, and employed the specialist drapery painter Joseph Van Aken. Joshua Reynolds, Joseph Wright and the drapery painter Peter Toms were his students.
*Sold at auction 3 March 1982.
*Private Collection, London.
|External Height||41.00 inch||(104.14 cm)|
|External Width||33.50 inch||(85.09 cm)|