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James Thomson (Thompson) (baptised 1788-1850), Engraver

Artist associated with 136 portraits
James Thomson was apprenticed for seven years to Mackenzie, a London engraver. He then spent two years working for Anthony Cardon before setting up in business on his own. He became an accomplished engraver, developing a unique style by etching design lines on his plates before either line or stipple engraving them. Thomson produced figure and portrait engravings and contributed to many popular illustrated works such as E. Lodge's Portraits of Illustrious Personages of Great Britain (1821-34), Horace Walpole's Anecdotes of Painting (1826-8) and C. Heath's Book of Beauty (1833-49).

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D10740

Joseph White

by James Thomson (Thompson), after Matthew William Peters
line engraving, published 1796
NPG D10740

D24164

King Henry VIII and William Somer (Sommers)

by James Thomson (Thompson), after Henry Corbould
line and stipple engraving, early 19th century
NPG D24164

D25478

Edmund Spenser

by James Thomson (Thompson)
stipple engraving, early 19th century
NPG D25478

D26775

William Alabaster

probably by James Thomson (Thompson)
stipple engraving, early 19th century
NPG D26775

D2821

William Grimshaw

by James Thomson (Thompson), after Unknown artist
stipple engraving, early 19th century
NPG D2821

D2822

William Grimshaw

by James Thomson (Thompson), after Unknown artist
stipple engraving, early 19th century
NPG D2822

D21523

George Barnes

by James Thomson (Thompson), after John Jackson
stipple engraving, early 19th century
NPG D21523

D9277

Elizabeth Hughes

by James Thomson (Thompson), after John Partridge
stipple engraving, published 1816
NPG D9277

D21125

William Abbot as Colonel Mannering

by James Thomson (Thompson), published by C. Chapple, after John Partridge
hand-coloured stipple engraving, published 1 May 1816
NPG D21125

D10966

Sarah Egerton (née Fisher) as Meg Merrilies in Terry's 'Guy Mannering'

by James Thomson (Thompson), published by C. Chapple, after Samuel De Wilde
hand-coloured stipple engraving, published 1 April 1817
NPG D10966

D8455

Susan Knight (née Smith) as Ella Rosenberg in Kenney's 'Ella Rosenberg'

by James Thomson (Thompson), after W. Foster
stipple engraving with some colouring, published 1817
NPG D8455

D8456

Susan Knight (née Smith) as Ella Rosenberg in Kenney's 'Ella Rosenberg'

by James Thomson (Thompson), after W. Foster
stipple engraving, published 1817
NPG D8456

D8457

Susan Knight (née Smith) as Ella Rosenberg in Kenney's 'Ella Rosenberg'

by James Thomson (Thompson), published by C. Chapple, after W. Foster
hand-coloured stipple engraving, published 1817
NPG D8457

D10920

Thomas Simpson Cooke as Don Carlos in Linley's 'The Duenna'

by James Thomson (Thompson), probably after John Burgess
hand-coloured stipple engraving, published 1818
NPG D10920

D38645

John Henry Johnstone as Major O'Flaherty

by James Thomson (Thompson), published by Simpkin and Marshall, after Thomas Charles Wageman
stipple engraving, published 1818
NPG D38645

D38675

Benjamin Wrench as Belmour in Beazley's 'Is He Jealous?'

by James Thomson (Thompson), published by Simpkin and Marshall, after Thomas Charles Wageman
stipple engraving, published 1818
NPG D38675

D16076

Princess Augusta Wilhelmina Louisa, Duchess of Cambridge

by James Thomson (Thompson), published by Dean & Munday, after John Partridge
stipple engraving, published 1 July 1818
NPG D16076

D5511

James Perry

by James Thomson (Thompson), after Abraham Wivell
stipple engraving, published 1818
NPG D5511

D7548

Priscilla Wakefield

by James Thomson (Thompson), published by Dean & Munday, after Thomas Charles Wageman
stipple engraving, published 1 August 1818
NPG D7548

D7549

Priscilla Wakefield

by James Thomson (Thompson), published by Dean & Munday, after Thomas Charles Wageman
stipple engraving, published 1 August 1818
NPG D7549

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