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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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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

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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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