Thomas WorlidgeCaricature Head in Imitation of Van Ostade: Woman in Cap to Left date not known

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Thomas Worlidge (1700‑1766)
Caricature Head in Imitation of Van Ostade: Woman in Cap to Left
Date date not known
MediumGraphite, ink and watercolour on paper
Dimensionssupport: 93 x 89 mm
Acquisition Purchased as part of the Oppé Collection with assistance from the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund 1996
View this artwork by appointment, at Tate Britain's Prints and Drawings Rooms

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These two caricature heads, of an old
man and woman, are in the style of
a seventeenth-century Dutch artist, Adriaen van Ostade. Ostade was known for his paintings of drunken men and wizened
old peasants. His work was increasingly admired in eighteenth-century England.


Worlidge was most renowned for his imitations of Rembrandt, whose prints
he also copied. Although Worlidge made large portraits in oils, he often worked
in miniature. He learnt this skill from
an itinerant Italian artist, AM Grimaldi,
whose daughter he married.

September 2004

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