Frances Brown nee Tucker

‘Frances Brown (nee Tucker)’ by Thomas Hudson, about 1740-1750. This portrait in oil depicts the female figure of Frances Brown in head and shoulders proportions addressing the viewer directly. She has long hair worn off her face but loose to the shoulders. She wears a blue dress with a white lace undergarment visible at the low cut neck. The large sleeves are caught with a button/jewel detail at the elbow, the white under sleeves are seen. Her arms are either crossed in front or behind her - the oval obscures them.

Hudson was born in Devon but moved to London where he was apprenticed to Jonathan Richardson (1665-1745), a leading portrait painter. For a time Hudson was perhaps the most fashionable portrait painter of the day, but by the later 1750s he went into a prosperous semi-retirement in the face of increasing competition from Ramsay and Reynolds.

Object Summary

Accession Loan No.
Fine Art
Collection Class
oil on canvas
Common Name
Frances Brown nee Tucker
Simple Name
Inscription Transcription
Frances Brown (nee Tucker) - Thomas Hudson pinxt
Period Classification
George II (1727-1760)
Production Town
Production Country
United Kingdom: England
Production Date
c 1740-1750
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Frances Brown (nee Tucker)