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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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Sir William Wyndham, 3rd Bt, by James Thomson (Thompson), printed by  McQueen (Macqueen), after  William Derby, after  Jonathan Richardson - NPG D47373

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 D47373

Henry Fuseli, by James Thomson (Thompson), after  Edward Hodges Baily - NPG D4934

Henry Fuseli

by James Thomson (Thompson), after Edward Hodges Baily
stipple engraving, published 1825
NPG D4934

Elizabeth Pepys, by James Thomson (Thompson), after  John Hayls - NPG D5508

Elizabeth Pepys

by James Thomson (Thompson), after John Hayls
stipple engraving, published 1825
NPG D5508

Henry Nevill, 2nd Earl of Abergavenny, by James Thomson (Thompson), after  Alfred Tidey - NPG D7140

Henry Nevill, 2nd Earl of Abergavenny

by James Thomson (Thompson), after Alfred Tidey
stipple engraving, 1825-1850
NPG D7140

James Hamilton, 2nd Marquess of Hamilton, by James Thomson (Thompson), published by  Harding & Lepard, after  Paul van Somer - NPG D35254

James Hamilton, 2nd Marquess of Hamilton

by James Thomson (Thompson), published by Harding & Lepard, after Paul van Somer
stipple engraving, published 1 December 1826
NPG D35254

James Hamilton, 2nd Marquess of Hamilton, by James Thomson (Thompson), published by  Harding & Lepard, after  Paul van Somer - NPG D35255

James Hamilton, 2nd Marquess of Hamilton

by James Thomson (Thompson), published by Harding & Lepard, after Paul van Somer
stipple engraving, published 1 December 1826
NPG D35255

Henry Rich, 1st Earl of Holland, by James Thomson (Thompson), published by  Harding & Lepard, after  William Derby, after  Sir Anthony van Dyck - NPG D35911

Henry Rich, 1st Earl of Holland

by James Thomson (Thompson), published by Harding & Lepard, after William Derby, after Sir Anthony van Dyck
stipple engraving, published 1 December 1826
NPG D35911

Henry Rich, 1st Earl of Holland, by James Thomson (Thompson), published by  Harding & Lepard, after  William Derby, after  Sir Anthony van Dyck - NPG D35912

Henry Rich, 1st Earl of Holland

by James Thomson (Thompson), published by Harding & Lepard, after William Derby, after Sir Anthony van Dyck
stipple engraving, published 1 December 1826
NPG D35912

Henry Rich, 1st Earl of Holland, by James Thomson (Thompson), after  William Derby, after  Sir Anthony van Dyck - NPG D35913

Henry Rich, 1st Earl of Holland

by James Thomson (Thompson), after William Derby, after Sir Anthony van Dyck
stipple engraving, published 1826
NPG D35913

Anne Paulet (née Andrews), Marchioness of Winchester, by James Thomson (Thompson), published by  George Byrom Whittaker, published by  Martin Colnaghi, after  Thomas Stewardson - NPG D38543

Anne Paulet (née Andrews), Marchioness of Winchester

by James Thomson (Thompson), published by George Byrom Whittaker, published by Martin Colnaghi, after Thomas Stewardson
stipple engraving, published 1 August 1826
NPG D38543

Lydia Storey ('Regard,

Lydia Storey ('Regard, "in silence eloquent"')

by James Thomson (Thompson), published by Samuel Shepherd Folker, published by J. Brooker, after Sir Thomas Lawrence
stipple engraving, published 1 November 1826
NPG D42057

George Digby, 2nd Earl of Bristol, by James Thomson (Thompson), after  William Derby, after  Sir Anthony van Dyck - NPG D32149

George Digby, 2nd Earl of Bristol

by James Thomson (Thompson), after William Derby, after Sir Anthony van Dyck
stipple engraving, published 1827
NPG D32149

George Digby, 2nd Earl of Bristol, by James Thomson (Thompson), after  Sir Anthony van Dyck - NPG D28787

George Digby, 2nd Earl of Bristol

by James Thomson (Thompson), after Sir Anthony van Dyck
stipple and line engraving, published 1827
NPG D28787

James Cumming, by James Thomson (Thompson), published by  Colnaghi, Son & Co - NPG D34425

James Cumming

by James Thomson (Thompson), published by Colnaghi, Son & Co
stipple engraving, published 1 October 1827
NPG D34425

James Cumming, by James Thomson (Thompson), published by  Colnaghi, Son & Co - NPG D34426

James Cumming

by James Thomson (Thompson), published by Colnaghi, Son & Co
stipple engraving, published 1 October 1827
NPG D34426

George Washington, by James Thomson (Thompson), published by  Colnaghi, Son & Co, after  Henry Corbould, after  Sir Francis Leggatt Chantrey - NPG D37877

George Washington

by James Thomson (Thompson), published by Colnaghi, Son & Co, after Henry Corbould, after Sir Francis Leggatt Chantrey
stipple engraving, published 1 January 1827
NPG D37877

George Goring, Baron Goring, by James Thomson (Thompson), after  Sir Anthony van Dyck - NPG D11471

George Goring, Baron Goring

by James Thomson (Thompson), after Sir Anthony van Dyck
stipple engraving, published 1827 (circa 1635-1640)
NPG D11471

Prince Rupert, Count Palatine, by James Thomson (Thompson), published by  Harding & Lepard, after  William Derby, after  Sir Anthony van Dyck - NPG D33456

Prince Rupert, Count Palatine

by James Thomson (Thompson), published by Harding & Lepard, after William Derby, after Sir Anthony van Dyck
stipple and line engraving, published 1 June 1828
NPG D33456

Arthur G. Jewitt, by James Thomson (Thompson), after  John Jackson - NPG D2110

Arthur G. Jewitt

by James Thomson (Thompson), after John Jackson
stipple engraving, published 1828
NPG D2110

Elizabeth Pepys, by James Thomson (Thompson), after  John Hayls - NPG D5507

Elizabeth Pepys

by James Thomson (Thompson), after John Hayls
stipple engraving, published January 1828
NPG D5507

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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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