In Search of Julien Hudson

Free Artist of Color in Pre–Civil War New Orleans

edited and with an introduction by Erin M. Greenwald, with essays by William Keyse Rudolph and Patricia Brady

The Historic New Orleans Collection 2010
hardcover • 8" × 9½" • 128 pp.
70 color images, 7 b/w images
ISBN 978-0-917860-57-7

Available from The Shop at The Collection for $35

Julien Hudson, born in 1811 in New Orleans, was the son of a property-owning free woman of color and a white English merchant, ironmonger, and ship chandler. Hudson began painting in the mid-1820s, training first in New Orleans and later in Paris. Little is known about his personal life, outside of scattered details found in a handful of public documents and a pair of early-twentieth-century reminiscences by former student George Coulon and prominent Creole of color Rodolphe Desdunes. This carefully researched volume is the most thorough examination to date of Julien Hudson and his world.