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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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William Preston, by James Thomson (Thompson), after  Samuel Drummond - NPG D40494

William Preston

by James Thomson (Thompson), after Samuel Drummond
line engraving, circa 1794
NPG D40494

King Henry VIII and William Somer (Sommers), by James Thomson (Thompson), after  Henry Corbould - NPG D24164

King Henry VIII and William Somer (Sommers)

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

Edmund Spenser, by James Thomson (Thompson) - NPG D25478

Edmund Spenser

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

William Alabaster, probably by James Thomson (Thompson) - NPG D26775

William Alabaster

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

William Grimshaw, by James Thomson (Thompson), after  Unknown artist - NPG D2821

William Grimshaw

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

William Grimshaw, by James Thomson (Thompson), after  Unknown artist - NPG D2822

William Grimshaw

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

Lady Hannah Althea Ellice (née Grey), by James Thomson (Thompson), published by  Edward Bull, published by  Edward Churton, after  James Holmes - NPG D15703

Lady Hannah Althea Ellice (née Grey)

by James Thomson (Thompson), published by Edward Bull, published by Edward Churton, after James Holmes
stipple and line engraving, published circa 1800-1825
NPG D15703

George Barnes, by James Thomson (Thompson), after  John Jackson - NPG D21523

George Barnes

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

Elizabeth Hughes, by James Thomson (Thompson), after  John Partridge - NPG D9277

Elizabeth Hughes

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

William Abbot as Colonel Mannering, by James Thomson (Thompson), published by  Clement Chapple, after  John Partridge - NPG D21125

William Abbot as Colonel Mannering

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

Sarah Egerton (née Fisher) as Meg Merrilies in Terry's 'Guy Mannering', by James Thomson (Thompson), published by  Clement Chapple, after  Samuel De Wilde - NPG D10966

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

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

Susan Knight (née Smith) as Ella Rosenberg in Kenney's 'Ella Rosenberg', by James Thomson (Thompson), after  William Foster - NPG D8455

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

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

Susan Knight (née Smith) as Ella Rosenberg in Kenney's 'Ella Rosenberg', by James Thomson (Thompson), after  William Foster - NPG D8456

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

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

Susan Knight (née Smith) as Ella Rosenberg in Kenney's 'Ella Rosenberg', by James Thomson (Thompson), published by  Clement Chapple, after  William Foster - NPG D8457

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

by James Thomson (Thompson), published by Clement Chapple, after William Foster
hand-coloured stipple engraving, published 1817
NPG D8457

Thomas Simpson Cooke as Don Carlos in Linley's 'The Duenna', by James Thomson (Thompson), probably after  John Burgess - NPG 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

John Henry Johnstone as Major O'Flaherty, by James Thomson (Thompson), published by  Simpkin and Marshall, after  Thomas Charles Wageman - NPG 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

Benjamin Wrench as Belmour in Beazley's 'Is He Jealous?', by James Thomson (Thompson), published by  Simpkin and Marshall, after  Thomas Charles Wageman - NPG 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

Princess Augusta Wilhelmina Louisa, Duchess of Cambridge, by James Thomson (Thompson), published by  Dean & Munday, after  John Partridge - NPG 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

James Perry, by James Thomson (Thompson), after  Abraham Wivell - NPG D5511

James Perry

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

Priscilla Wakefield, by James Thomson (Thompson), published by  Dean & Munday, after  Thomas Charles Wageman - NPG D7548

Priscilla Wakefield

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

Priscilla Wakefield, by James Thomson (Thompson), published by  Dean & Munday, after  Thomas Charles Wageman - NPG D7549

Priscilla Wakefield

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

Princess Augusta Wilhelmina Louisa, Duchess of Cambridge, by James Thomson (Thompson), published by  Dean & Munday, after  John Partridge - NPG D8036

Princess Augusta Wilhelmina Louisa, Duchess of Cambridge

by James Thomson (Thompson), published by Dean & Munday, after John Partridge
stipple engraving printed in colours, published 1 July 1818
NPG D8036

John Isaacs as Hawthorn in Bickerstaff's 'Love in a Village', by James Thomson (Thompson), after  Thomas Clater - NPG D8688

John Isaacs as Hawthorn in Bickerstaff's 'Love in a Village'

by James Thomson (Thompson), after Thomas Clater
stipple engraving, published 1818
NPG D8688

John Isaacs as Hawthorn in Bickerstaff's 'Love in a Village', by James Thomson (Thompson), after  Thomas Clater - NPG D8689

John Isaacs as Hawthorn in Bickerstaff's 'Love in a Village'

by James Thomson (Thompson), after Thomas Clater
stipple engraving, published 1818
NPG D8689

John Isaacs as Hawthorn in Bickerstaff's 'Love in a Village', by James Thomson (Thompson), published by  Simpkin and Marshall, published by  Clement Chapple, after  Thomas Clater - NPG D8690

John Isaacs as Hawthorn in Bickerstaff's 'Love in a Village'

by James Thomson (Thompson), published by Simpkin and Marshall, published by Clement Chapple, after Thomas Clater
hand-coloured stipple engraving, published 1818
NPG D8690

John Isaacs as Hawthorn in Bickerstaff's 'Love in a Village', by James Thomson (Thompson), published by  Simpkin and Marshall, published by  Clement Chapple, after  Thomas Clater - NPG D8691

John Isaacs as Hawthorn in Bickerstaff's 'Love in a Village'

by James Thomson (Thompson), published by Simpkin and Marshall, published by Clement Chapple, after Thomas Clater
hand-coloured stipple engraving, published 1818
NPG D8691

John Reeves, by James Thomson (Thompson), published by  James Asperne, after  Samuel Drummond - NPG D15838

John Reeves

by James Thomson (Thompson), published by James Asperne, after Samuel Drummond
stipple engraving, published 1 July 1818
NPG D15838

William Caxton, by James Thomson (Thompson), published by  Henry Fisher, after  Thomas Griffiths - NPG D24086

William Caxton

by James Thomson (Thompson), published by Henry Fisher, after Thomas Griffiths
stipple engraving, published 1819
NPG D24086

Frances Teresa Stuart, Duchess of Richmond and Lennox, by James Thomson (Thompson), after  Sir Peter Lely - NPG D30485

Frances Teresa Stuart, Duchess of Richmond and Lennox

by James Thomson (Thompson), after Sir Peter Lely
stipple engraving, published 1819
NPG D30485

Richard Jones as Archer in Farquhar's 'The Beaux' Stratagem', by James Thomson (Thompson), after  Thomas Charles Wageman, published by  Simpkin and Marshall - NPG D38685

Richard Jones as Archer in Farquhar's 'The Beaux' Stratagem'

by James Thomson (Thompson), after Thomas Charles Wageman, published by Simpkin and Marshall
stipple engraving, Published 1819
NPG D38685

Samuel Thomas Russell as Sparkish, by James Thomson (Thompson), after  Thomas Charles Wageman, published by  Simpkin and Marshall - NPG D38699

Samuel Thomas Russell as Sparkish

by James Thomson (Thompson), after Thomas Charles Wageman, published by Simpkin and Marshall
stipple engraving, Published 1819
NPG D38699

Francis Leigh Townley Balfour, by James Thomson (Thompson), after  Charles Cornwallis Michell - NPG D31641

Francis Leigh Townley Balfour

by James Thomson (Thompson), after Charles Cornwallis Michell
stipple engraving, early 19th century
NPG D31641

Philemon Holland, by James Thomson (Thompson) - NPG D27275

Philemon Holland

by James Thomson (Thompson)
stipple engraving, published 1820
NPG D27275

Vincent de Camp as Duretate in Farquhar's 'The Inconstant', by James Thomson (Thompson), after  Thomas Charles Wageman, published by  Simpkin and Marshall - NPG D38681

Vincent de Camp as Duretate in Farquhar's 'The Inconstant'

by James Thomson (Thompson), after Thomas Charles Wageman, published by Simpkin and Marshall
stipple engraving, Published 1820
NPG D38681

Margaret Felicité Anne Carew as Rosina, by James Thomson (Thompson), after  Thomas Charles Wageman - NPG D38694

Margaret Felicité Anne Carew as Rosina

by James Thomson (Thompson), after Thomas Charles Wageman
stipple engraving, Published 1820
NPG D38694

Sir Henry Torrens, by James Thomson (Thompson), published by  Henry Colburn & Co, after  Sir Thomas Lawrence - NPG D7850

Sir Henry Torrens

by James Thomson (Thompson), published by Henry Colburn & Co, after Sir Thomas Lawrence
stipple engraving, published 1 September 1820
NPG D7850

Frederick Christian Accum, by James Thomson (Thompson), published by  James Asperne, after  Samuel Drummond - NPG D970

Frederick Christian Accum

by James Thomson (Thompson), published by James Asperne, after Samuel Drummond
stipple engraving, published 1 July 1820
NPG D970

Frederick Christian Accum, by James Thomson (Thompson), published by  James Asperne, after  Samuel Drummond - NPG D971

Frederick Christian Accum

by James Thomson (Thompson), published by James Asperne, after Samuel Drummond
stipple engraving, published 1 July 1820
NPG D971

Sir Thomas Fowell Buxton, 1st Bt, by James Thomson (Thompson), after  Abraham Wivell - NPG D20845

Sir Thomas Fowell Buxton, 1st Bt

by James Thomson (Thompson), after Abraham Wivell
stipple engraving, (1821)
NPG D20845

Peter Turnerelli, by James Thomson (Thompson), after  Samuel Drummond - NPG D9235

Peter Turnerelli

by James Thomson (Thompson), after Samuel Drummond
stipple engraving, published 1821
NPG D9235

Sir William Edward Parry, by James Thomson (Thompson), after  Samuel Drummond - NPG D38801

Sir William Edward Parry

by James Thomson (Thompson), after Samuel Drummond
stipple engraving, published 1821
NPG D38801

Harriette Wilson (née Dubouchet), by James Thomson (Thompson), after  George Clint - NPG D7821

Harriette Wilson (née Dubouchet)

by James Thomson (Thompson), after George Clint
stipple engraving, published 1821
NPG D7821

James Waldegrave, 2nd Earl Waldegrave, by James Thomson (Thompson), after  Sir Joshua Reynolds - NPG D7826

James Waldegrave, 2nd Earl Waldegrave

by James Thomson (Thompson), after Sir Joshua Reynolds
stipple engraving, published 1821
NPG D7826

Charles Knyvett, by James Thomson (Thompson), after  Abraham Wivell - NPG D8419

Charles Knyvett

by James Thomson (Thompson), after Abraham Wivell
stipple engraving, 1821
NPG D8419

Charles Knyvett, by James Thomson (Thompson), after  Abraham Wivell - NPG D8420

Charles Knyvett

by James Thomson (Thompson), after Abraham Wivell
stipple engraving, 1821
NPG D8420

Giovanni Battista Belzoni, by James Thomson (Thompson), after  Unknown artist - NPG D7715

Giovanni Battista Belzoni

by James Thomson (Thompson), after Unknown artist
stipple engraving, published 1822
NPG D7715

Henry Spencer, 1st Earl of Sunderland, by James Thomson (Thompson), after  Robert Walker - NPG D26616

Henry Spencer, 1st Earl of Sunderland

by James Thomson (Thompson), after Robert Walker
stipple engraving, published 1823
NPG D26616

King George IV, by James Thomson (Thompson), published by  William Sams, after  Abraham Wivell - NPG D33339

King George IV

by James Thomson (Thompson), published by William Sams, after Abraham Wivell
stipple engraving, published 1823
NPG D33339

Harriet Anne Chichester (née Butler), Marchioness of Donegall, by James Thomson (Thompson), published by  Edward Bull, after  Anne Mee (née Foldsone) - NPG D35269

Harriet Anne Chichester (née Butler), Marchioness of Donegall

by James Thomson (Thompson), published by Edward Bull, after Anne Mee (née Foldsone)
stipple engraving, 1823
NPG D35269

Sir Thomas More, by James Thomson (Thompson), published by  Harding, Mavor & Lepard, after  William Derby, after  Hans Holbein the Younger - NPG D39005

Sir Thomas More

by James Thomson (Thompson), published by Harding, Mavor & Lepard, after William Derby, after Hans Holbein the Younger
stipple and line engraving, published 24 December 1823
NPG D39005

Jeremy Bentham, by James Thomson (Thompson), after  William Derby - NPG D1056

Jeremy Bentham

by James Thomson (Thompson), after William Derby
stipple engraving, published 1823
NPG D1056

Henry Spencer, 1st Earl of Sunderland, by James Thomson (Thompson), after  Robert Walker - NPG D8042

Henry Spencer, 1st Earl of Sunderland

by James Thomson (Thompson), after Robert Walker
stipple engraving, published 1823
NPG D8042

Sir Richard Westmacott, by James Thomson (Thompson), published by  Thomas Goff Lupton, after  J. Derby - NPG D8274

Sir Richard Westmacott

by James Thomson (Thompson), published by Thomas Goff Lupton, after J. Derby
stipple engraving, published 1 January 1823
NPG D8274

Frederick, Duke of York and Albany, by James Thomson (Thompson), published by  William Sams, after  Abraham Wivell - NPG D33221

Frederick, Duke of York and Albany

by James Thomson (Thompson), published by William Sams, after Abraham Wivell
stipple engraving, published 1824
NPG D33221

George Goring, Baron Goring, by James Thomson (Thompson), published by  Harding, Triphook & Lepard, after  William Derby, after  Sir Anthony van Dyck - NPG D34641

George Goring, Baron Goring

by James Thomson (Thompson), published by Harding, Triphook & Lepard, after William Derby, after Sir Anthony van Dyck
stipple engraving, published 1 December 1824 (circa 1635-1640)
NPG D34641

Edward Herbert, 1st Baron Herbert of Cherbury, by James Thomson (Thompson), published by  Harding, Triphook & Lepard, after  William Derby - NPG D35701

Edward Herbert, 1st Baron Herbert of Cherbury

by James Thomson (Thompson), published by Harding, Triphook & Lepard, after William Derby
stipple engraving, published 1 July 1824
NPG D35701

Sir Thomas Stamford Bingley Raffles, by James Thomson (Thompson), published by  Henry Fisher - NPG D38020

Sir Thomas Stamford Bingley Raffles

by James Thomson (Thompson), published by Henry Fisher
stipple engraving, published January 1824
NPG D38020

Edward Hyde, 1st Earl of Clarendon, by James Thomson (Thompson), after  Sir Peter Lely - NPG D41889

Edward Hyde, 1st Earl of Clarendon

by James Thomson (Thompson), after Sir Peter Lely
stipple engraving, circa 1824
NPG D41889

Frederick, Duke of York and Albany, by James Thomson (Thompson), after  John Jackson, and by  Walter Paton - NPG D33224

Frederick, Duke of York and Albany

by James Thomson (Thompson), after John Jackson, and by Walter Paton
stipple engraving, 1825
NPG D33224

Sir William Wyndham, 3rd Bt, by James Thomson (Thompson), printed by  McQueen (Macqueen), after  William Derby, after  Jonathan Richardson - NPG D36207

Sir William Wyndham, 3rd Bt

by James Thomson (Thompson), printed by McQueen (Macqueen), after William Derby, after Jonathan Richardson
line and stipple engraving, published 1 July 1825 (1713-1714)
NPG D36207

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David Alexander

29 November 2018, 18:32

The portrait of The Revd Joseph White after Peters from the European Magazine, 1796, is not by James Thompson but Joseph Thomson, and clearly signed as such.

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