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Thomas Bardwell (1704-1767)

Artist associated with 4 portraits
Thomas Bardwell was a painter and writer. He began his career as a painter of decorative panels. In around 1738 his brother Robert Bardwell took over the family decorative painting business, which was based at Bungay, Suffolk; by then Bardwell was producing conversation pieces and portraits. In the 1740s and 1750s Bardwell visited London and painted several portraits there. In 1752 and 1753 he journeyed through Yorkshire to Scotland, carrying out a large number of commissions. From 1759 Bardwell was based in Norwich, where he established a thriving practice.

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Maurice Suckling

by Thomas Bardwell
oil on canvas, 1764
NPG 2010


Edward Vernon

by John Faber Jr, after Thomas Bardwell
mezzotint, (1740)
NPG D3025


Antony Norris

by William Camden Edwards, after Thomas Bardwell
line engraving, 1786 or after
NPG D38764