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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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Queen Adelaide (Princess Adelaide of Saxe-Meiningen), by James Thomson (Thompson), after  George Richmond - NPG D8137

Queen Adelaide (Princess Adelaide of Saxe-Meiningen)

by James Thomson (Thompson), after George Richmond
stipple engraving, published 1849 (1845)
NPG D8137

Robert Halley (Hally), by James Thomson (Thompson), published by  Thomas Agnew, after  Philip Westcott - NPG D35234

Robert Halley (Hally)

by James Thomson (Thompson), published by Thomas Agnew, after Philip Westcott
mezzotint, published 8 July 1850
NPG D35234

Julia Henrietta (née Anson), Lady Brooke, by James Thomson (Thompson), after  Alfred Tidey - NPG D1112

Julia Henrietta (née Anson), Lady Brooke

by James Thomson (Thompson), after Alfred Tidey
stipple engraving, 1850 or before
NPG D1112

Julia Henrietta (née Anson), Lady Brooke, by James Thomson (Thompson), after  Alfred Tidey - NPG D1113

Julia Henrietta (née Anson), Lady Brooke

by James Thomson (Thompson), after Alfred Tidey
stipple engraving, 1850 or before
NPG D1113

George Eden, Earl of Auckland, by James Thomson (Thompson), after  Lowes Cato Dickinson - NPG D7441

George Eden, Earl of Auckland

by James Thomson (Thompson), after Lowes Cato Dickinson
stipple and line engraving, published 1850
NPG D7441

George Eden, Earl of Auckland, by James Thomson (Thompson), after  Lowes Cato Dickinson - NPG D7442

George Eden, Earl of Auckland

by James Thomson (Thompson), after Lowes Cato Dickinson
stipple and line engraving, published 1850
NPG D7442

Edmund Spenser, by James Thomson (Thompson), after  Unknown artist - NPG D6827

Edmund Spenser

by James Thomson (Thompson), after Unknown artist
stipple engraving
NPG D6827

Edmund Spenser, by James Thomson (Thompson), after  Unknown artist - NPG D6828

Edmund Spenser

by James Thomson (Thompson), after Unknown artist
stipple engraving
NPG D6828

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James Perry

by James Thomson (Thompson), after Abraham Wivell
stipple engraving, published 1818
NPG D5510

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Benjamin Robert Haydon

by James Thomson (Thompson), published by Henry Colburn
stipple engraving, published 1 December 1820
NPG D20454

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Elizabeth Pepys

by James Thomson (Thompson), published by Henry Colburn, after John Hayls
stipple engraving, published May 1825
NPG D19863

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John Wesley

by James Thomson (Thompson), published by John Mason, after John Jackson
stipple engraving, 1828
NPG D19113

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Lady Sophia Catherine des Voeux (née Coventry)

by James Thomson (Thompson), published by Whittaker & Co, after Sir William John Newton
stipple engraving, published September 1829
NPG D16135

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Edmund Spenser

by James Thomson (Thompson), after Unknown artist
stipple engraving
NPG D6826

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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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