Julien Hudson (1811-1844)
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Born in New Orleans, Julien Hudson was a free man of color. He was one of the first African American artists whose self-portrait is documented. Hudson was a painter and a teacher. Portraits and miniatures are his specialty. Julien Hudson was an apprentice to a tailor in the mid-1820s before going on to study painting. He then studied with Antoine Meucci, a miniaturist painter between 1826 and 1827. Hudson’s then studied in Paris with well-known artist Alexandre Abel de Pujol. in 1831 he returned to New Orleans and opened his own studio on Bienville Street and worked there until he died in 1844 in New Orleans.