Robert Dighton - D10873
Thomas Clark ('A gentle ride from Exeter 'Change to Pimlico')
by and published by Robert Dighton
published August 1812
Portraits in Profile: the Dighton Family
'A Gentle ride from Exeter to Pimlico', Thomas Clark (1737-1816), published 1812
Brought up as a farmer, he moved to London in 1757 and acquired a stall at Exeter Change in the Strand, initially selling sticks and then cutlery. Through frugality and business acumen he amassed a large fortune.
Exeter Change was most famous as the home Edward Cross' menagerie. Clark would make his way there from his residence in Pimlico; according to his obituary in the Gentleman's Magazine in 1816, ' Morning and Evening saw him on his old horse, as well known at Charing Cross as King Charles himself'.