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Later Victorian Portraits Catalogue

Thomas Faed (1826-1900), Genre painter

Painter; born 8 June 1826, in Kirkcudbrightshire; his older brothers John and James were also artists. Trained in Edinburgh; after early success in Scotland, moved to London 1852, becoming a prolific and wealthy painter; elected ARA 1861; hon. member Royal Scottish Academy 1862; RA 1864; died 17 August 1900, in London.

Faed was a specialist in sentimental genre scenes from Scottish rural life and literature. His best-known works are The Mitherless Bairn (1855, NG Victoria, Melbourne and Smith AG, Halifax) and The Last of the Clan (1865, Glasgow M.). ‘No other [artist] has told domestic stories upon canvas so often and so well; and his popularity proves how thoroughly he is in harmony with the temper of his time’.[1]

Faed is described as tall and handsome, with a military-style bearing and social talents as a raconteur.[2]

Dr Jan Marsh

Footnotesback to top

1) AJ, 1878, p.95.
2) McKerrow 1982, p.86.

Referencesback to top

Bills & Webb 2007
Bills, M., and D. Webb, eds, Victorian Artists in Photographs: [The World of G.F. Watts]. Selections from the Rob Dickins Collection, exh. cat., Watts Gallery, Compton, 2007.

Cooper 1876–83
Cooper, T., Men of Mark: A Gallery of Contemporary Portraits of Men Distinguished in the Senate, the Church, in Science, Literature and Art, the Army, Navy, Law, Medicine, etc. Photographed from life by Lock and Whitfield, London, 7 ser., 1876–83.

Foskett 1979
Foskett, D., Collecting Miniatures, Woodbridge, Suffolk, 1979.

Furniss 1890b
Furniss, H., Royal Academy Antics, London, 1890.

Gould 2004
Gould, V.F., G.F. Watts: The Last Great Victorian, London, 2004.

Hacking 2000
Hacking, J., Princes of Victorian Bohemia: Photographs by David Wilkie Wynfield, exh. cat., NPG, London, 2000.

Jones et al. 1996
Jones, S., and others, Frederic Leighton 1830–1896, exh. cat., Royal Academy, London, 1996.

McKerrow 1982
McKerrow, M., The Faeds: A Biography, Edinburgh, 1982.

McMaster 2008
McMaster, J., ‘That Mighty Art of Black-and-White: Linley Sambourne, Punch and the Royal Academy’, British Art Journal, Autumn 2008, pp.62–76.

McMaster 2009
McMaster, J., That Mighty Art of Black-and-White: Linley Sambourne, Punch and the Royal Academy, Edmonton, Canada, 2009.

Morris & Roberts 1998
Morris, E., and E. Roberts, The Liverpool Academy and Other Exhibitions of Contemporary Art in Liverpool 1774–1867, Liverpool, 1998.

Ormond 2010
Ormond, L., Linley Sambourne: Illustrator and Punch Cartoonist, London, 2010.

Ormond & Ormond 1975
Ormond, L., and R. Ormond, Lord Leighton, London, 1975.

Reeve & Walford 1863–7
Reeve, L., and E. Walford, eds, Portraits of Men of Eminence in literature, science and art, with biographical memoirs. The photographs from life, by E. Edwards, 6 vols, London, 1863–7.

Robinson [1892]
Robinson, R.W., Members and Associates of the Royal Academy of Arts, 1891. Photographed in their Studios by Ralph W. Robinson of Redhill, n.p, [1892].

Swanson 1977
Swanson, V.G., Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema: Painter of the Victorian Vision of the Ancient World, London, 1977.

[Wood] 1984
[Wood, C., intro.,] A Fraternity of Artists: A Set of Sixty-two Portraits of Late Victorian Artists, by Walker Hodgson, exh. leaflet, Christopher Wood Gallery, London, 1984.