Portrait of a Lady- Oil on canvas, circa 1740-1750.
Portrait of a Lady- Attributed to either Thomas Hudson (1701–1779) or Allan Ramsay (1713–1784).
As was customary in 18th century London studio organisation, both Hudson and Ramsay employed Joseph Vanhaecken (c. 1699-1749) the Flemish painter who specialised in painting draperies, velvets, silks and satins. In practice they would have concentrated on painting the face, while Joseph Vanhaecken noted for his skill in painting fabrics, would have painted the clothes. In ‘Allan Ramsay- A Complete Catalogue of his Paintings by Alistair Smart’ on page 7: “Vertue (George Vertue the English engraver and antiquary) himself conceded that Vanhaecken’s participation made portraits ‘so much on a Level that its very difficult to know one hand from another’. As Smart concedes “The arrangement worked well for everybody, except for the art historian trying to distinguish Ramsay from Hudson in the 1740s”.