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Mrs. John Wendt

Attributed to Thomas Hudson

European Art

In the mid-eighteenth century, Thomas Hudson helped set the standard for fashionable portraiture in London with works such as this one. The sitter is posed elegantly, holding a basket of flowers and wearing a voluminous silk dress adorned with lace, bows, and pearl details. This style of dress was very common in portraits of this era; depending on the sitter, it may have been a stock dress kept in the artist’s studio and used repeatedly to convey gentility and wealth. Deep blue was among the most popular colors for men’s and women’s fancy dress in the eighteenth century; here it may be an attribute of Mrs. Wendt’s fidelity, along with the collared dog gazing up at her.
MEDIUM Oil on canvas
  • Place Made: England
  • DATES ca. 1745
    DIMENSIONS 50 1/4 x 39 7/8 in. (127.6 x 101.3 cm) Frame: 58 x 48 in. (147.3 x 121.9 cm)  (show scale)
    COLLECTIONS European Art
    CREDIT LINE Gift of Kaywin Lehman Smith
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    CAPTION Attributed to Thomas Hudson (British, 1701-1779). Mrs. John Wendt, ca. 1745. Oil on canvas, 50 1/4 x 39 7/8 in. (127.6 x 101.3 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Kaywin Lehman Smith, 79.290 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 79.290_PS6.jpg)
    IMAGE overall, 79.290_PS6.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2011
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