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Thomas Clark

(1737-1816), Merchant

Sitter associated with 2 portraits
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 of Edward Cross's 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'.

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Thomas Clark ('A gentle ride from Exeter 'Change to Pimlico'), by and published by Robert Dighton - NPG D10873

Thomas Clark ('A gentle ride from Exeter 'Change to Pimlico')

by and published by Robert Dighton
hand-coloured etching, published August 1812
NPG D10873

Thomas Clark ('A gentle ride from Exeter 'Change to Pimlico'), by and published by Robert Dighton - NPG D16390

Thomas Clark ('A gentle ride from Exeter 'Change to Pimlico')

by and published by Robert Dighton
hand-coloured etching, published August 1812
NPG D16390

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