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.
Gallery label, September 2004