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School of Art
Aberystwyth University
Buarth Mawr
SY23 1NG

Tel: +44 (0)1970 622460

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Display artist/maker:

William Luson Thomas

Born: 1830, UK, England, London   Died: 1900

Engraver, painter and journalist. Son of a shipbroker, brother of George Housman Thomas (1824-1868). Educated in Fulham, Middlesex. Upon leaving school, Thomas joined his brother in Paris where he learned to engrave. He followed George to America and then to Rome, where he studied art at the Académie de France. Later, in England, he became assistant to W. J. Linton (1812-1897). While sharing an office with the engraver Horace Harral (1817-1905), he illustrated many books and periodicals such as the Illustrated London News and Hans Christian Andersen's Tales for Children. He painted watercolours for leisure throughout his career and became an associate of the Institute of Painters in Watercolours in 1864; in 1884, the Institute achieved royal status and Thomas became an RI. Thomas is also known for founding the illustrated weekly newspaper "The Graphic", famed for its depictions of Victorian poverty and social realism

Objects in the collections associated with this artist/maker

Christmas Roses PL4438 Prints1860s

First Favourite PL4437 Prints1860s

How Does it Look? PL4434 Prints1860s

Mrs Somer's Letter PL4443 Prints1860s

On the Cliffs by the Sea PL4433 Prints1860s

Pensive Moments PL4440 Prints1860s

Reflections PL4444 Prints1860s

Spring Time PL4446 Prints1860s

Strangers Now PL4436 Prints1860s

The Country Life PL4435 Prints1860s

The Lost Love PL4441 Prints1860s

The Mistletoe Kiss PL4442 Prints1860s

The Seven of Hearts PL4445 Prints1860s

Types of English Beauty PL4432 Prints1860s