Thomas Gibson(circa 1680-1751), Portrait painter
Artist associated with 62 portraits
Thomas Gibson was a painter, born in London. Little is known of his early life or training. He worked in London as a painter of portraits and achieved some success, attracting prestigious sitters such as the archbishops William Wake and John Potter as well as Sir Robert Walpole. His patrons included John, 1st Earl Poulett, and Augusta, Princess of Wales. Gibson's practice earned him the appointment in 1711 as a founding director of Godfrey Kneller's St Martin's Lane Academy, the forerunner of the Royal Academy schools.