Mrs. John Wendt
In the mid-eighteenth century, Thomas Hudson helped to set the standard for fashionable portraiture in London with works such as this one, which offers a typical example of the artistic models emulated by Americans in the British colonies. Stylistic currents were transmitted across the Atlantic by English-trained artists working in the colonies, Americans traveling abroad, and printed reproductions of works of art. British influence can be seen in nearby American portraits that, like Hudson’s Mrs. Wendt, depict the sitters swathed in luxury fabrics, posed elegantly, and adorned with lace, flowers, and other accoutrements—attributes designed to convey the individuals’ gentility and wealth.
Oil on canvas
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)
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Gift of Kaywin Lehman Smith
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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
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