Thomas Hudson
Samuel Scott, the Marine Painter c.1731–3

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Thomas Hudson 1701–1779
Samuel Scott, the Marine Painter
Date c.1731–3
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 1220 x 978 mm
Acquisition Purchased 1886
Not on display

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Samuel Scott (c.1702–1770) was one of the leading figures in a new generation of native-born British marine painters, the genre having been introduced by Dutch artists in the 1670s. This informal portrait shows him holding a drawing of ships, the palette indicating his profession as an artist. When this was painted both Hudson and Scott were at the outset of their careers, and a print taken from this was possibly a sort of advert for their respective expertise in painting. Their success as artists enabled them to acquire villas in fashionable Twickenham, west of London, where they lived as neighbours from 1755.

February 2016

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