A massive Early 18th Century English School Portrait of a velvet-robed English Gentleman, c. 1730.This finely painted oil on canvas is unsigned, a common practice in the day, however it does bear a small, aged paper label on the reverse, as pictured. The label reads: "Thomas Hudson, b 1701-d 1779, Master of (Painter?) Joshua Reynolds." Thomas Hudson was a renowned English Portrait Painter in the mid-1700's, and indeed, Sir Joshua Reynolds, himself a distinguished English Portrait Painter, was actually one of Hudson's proteges. When we acquired this painting, it was sold as "attributed to" Thomas Hudson. While I have no reason to doubt that Hudson was the artist, nor can I be certain that he was. Therefore, I believe it is safest for to categorize the item simply as an early 18th Century English Old Master Painting.
All that being said, this painting is both impressive and massive. The canvas measures 40" by 50," while the outer dimensions of the gilded wooden frame are 47" by 56" by 2 1/2" thick -- in other words -- it is 3' 11" wide by 4' 8'' tall and it probably weighs more than 60 lbs! The canvas of this painting is in good condition, considering the fact that it is nearly 300 years old. I am not sure if the frame is original, but it is certainly old and sturdy. As you can see from the detailed photos, there is minor loss of the leaf scroll work on the frame is a number of spots, which can either be repaired or gilded over. The bottom line is, there aren't that many of these 18th Century Portraits on this grand scale available, so don't miss this opportunity to purchase this one!