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Thomas ('Tom') Browne
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'Sketch Club: Immaculate Shirt-fronts were covered with drawings' (possibly John Hassall, with pen)
by Tom Brownewash and bodycolour, 1902 or beforeNPG D1165
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7 September 2016, 10:35
Hello: Tom Browne (Thomas Arthur Browne) was my great grandfather. He created the character of "Johnnie Walker" of whisky fame by drawing the idea on a table napkin thus "setting Johnnie on his walk", as my father put it. My family believed he may also have created the "Capstan Cigarette Captain" as well.
He was friends with an older artist, Edward Henry Eugene Fletcher who was known as a marine artist, and it was from this friendship that 2 sons of Fletcher married the 2 daughters of Browne.
Tom Browne died very young in 1910 of throat cancer at the age of 39. His son, known as Uncle NABS (Noel Arthur Browne), also died of the same illness.
Please may I know where this drawing is located in the National Portrait Gallery as I should like to visit it next time I am in London. Thank you.
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