Julien Hudson was a freeman of mixed race from New Orleans. Born into the so-called
mulatto group, Hudson partook of the French-influenced, flamboyant, upper-class
lifestyle that was available to well-born free Creoles in New Orleans.
his important works as his painting Battle of New Orleans (1815), which documented
the contribution made to the War of 1812 by the famous corps of free Black soldiers
and its white commander, Colonel Michel Jean Fortier, Jr. Hudson is also distinguished
for painting, in 1839, the only known self-portrait of an Creole artist in the