Budd, George (fl.1756) (DNB00)

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BUDD, GEORGE (fl. 1756), painter, is supposed to have been born in London, where for some time he kept a hosier's shop. Eventually he was led by his taste for drawing to abandon the business and devote himself wholly to art. He practised in portrait, landscape, and sometimes still life. He also taught drawing, and for several years gave lessons at Dr. Newcome's academy at Hackney. A portrait by him of Timothy Bennett, ‘the patriotic shoemaker,’ of Hampton Wick, who successfully maintained an action against the old Princess Amelia, when she was ranger, for attempting to close the public road through Bushey Park, was mezzotinted by W. McArdell in 1756 (E. Edwards, Anecd. of Painters, pp. 8, 9). Another painting by Budd representing the execution of Lords Balmerino and Kilmarnock in 1746 is also engraved. The Tower and surround- ing buildings form the background, while the whole picture is crowded by a dense mass of small figures (Redgrave, Dictionary of Artists, 1878, p. 61).

[Pilkington's General Dict. of Painters, ed. Davenport, p. 76.]

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