On Wednesday November 8th at 7:00 PM the Tate House Museum has the honor of presenting “The Art of John Bradley Hudson, Jr.” in an illustrated lecture by Earle G. Shettleworth Jr. on Zoom. A native of Portland, Mr. Shettleworth attended Deering High School, Colby College, and Boston University and was the recipient of honorary degrees from Bowdoin College and the Maine College of Art. He became architectural historian for the Maine Historic Preservation Commission in 1973 and director in 1976. He retired from that position in 2015. Mr. Shettleworth has lectured and written extensively on Maine history and architecture and has served as State Historian since 2004.
John Bradley Hudson, Jr. was one of Portland’s leading 19th century artists. Born in the city in 1832, he established a studio there in 1858. For the next four decades, Hudson produced oil paintings and watercolors of local scenes, the Maine Coast, and the White Mountains. He supplemented his income as a sign and decorative painter. Much of what is known about his work is found in his illustrated journal as well as in period newspaper articles. This lecture will trace Hudson’s career through his pictures with a special focus on his watercolors of such Stroudwater landmarks as the Means House, Tate House, and Broad Tavern. The Tate House Museum’s visitors center proudly displays an 1879 watercolor by Hudson that is a striking rendition of the Means House with a glimpse of the Tate House in the background.
This lecture is free to all and can be accessed by going to www.tatehouse.org where you will be directed to sign up.
FMI: Holly K Hurd
1267 Westbrook Street
Portland ME 04102