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18th Century English Portrait Of Walter Edwards Freeman By Thomas Hudson (1701-1779)


"18th Century English Portrait Of Walter Edwards Freeman By Thomas Hudson (1701-1779)"
Walter Edwards Freeman, three-quarter length, standing in a landscape (probably Batsford Park) wearing a dark green velvet jacket with gold buttons and a white tie, an ivory silk waistcoat with his hat under his arm, his hair worn 'queued'. Oil on canvas.

Walter Edwards Freeman (b. c. 1725) was the son of Mary (née Freeman) and Walter Edwards Senior whose family came from Bristol. Mary's father was Richard Freeman (Senior), a landowner with extensive properties in several counties and was appointed Lord Chancellor of Ireland in 1702. After the death of his uncle, Richard Freeman (the Younger) in 1745, he inherited of the Batsford Park estate. , Gloucestershire, and he and his family took the surname Freeman. Unfortunately, Walter died two years later and his brother Thomas then inherited the Batsford estate. When Thomas died without a direct heir in 1808, the estate passed to his wife's nephew, John Mitford, and so on through the Mitford family. In 1916 it was inherited by the eccentric David Freeman-Mitford, 2nd Baron Redesdale and father of the famous Mitford sisters. His eldest daughter, Nancy Mitford, based part of her novels "The Pursuit of Love" and "Love in a Cold Climate" on their stay in Batsford.

Provenance:
The property of a Mrs. E. Redburn at its sale with Sotheby's London, November 23, 1977
With Lane Fine Art, London
The property of Eric Dare, Melbourne, Australia at the sale with Sotheby's, November 13, 1995

From around 1740 to 1760, Thomas Hudson was one of England's most famous portrait painters. Arriving in London in the mid-1720s, shortly after the death of Sir Godfrey Kneller in 1723, Hudson gradually rose to a prominent position, which he held until the 1750s. Hudson painted only portraits, working first under the influence of his teacher Jonathan Richardson, then turning in the 1740s to the Baroque portrait compositions of Sir Anthony Van Dyck and Sir Peter Lely. From this time, with the help of draper painters such as Joseph Van Aken, Hudson produced a large number of portraits of ladies, gentlemen, judges and clerics. He married the daughter of his teacher Mary Richardson in 1725, and on Richardson's retirement in 1740 he inherited a number of Richardson's patrons. Hudson also followed in his father-in-law's footsteps by collecting Old Master drawings and paintings as well as those of his contemporaries.

Literature: Ellen G. Miles, Thomas Hudson 1701-1779, Portraitist and Collector, A Bicentennial Exhibition, 1979.
Price : $30,000
Artist : Thomas Hudson (1701-1779)
Period: 18th century
Style: Georgian
Condition : Good, ready to hang condition

Material : Oil on canvas
Width : 101cm (40in)
Height : 126cm (50in)

Reference : 897
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