HEARNE, Thomas

1744 - 1817

Thomas Hearne

Born at Marshfield, Gloucestershire on 22 September 1744, his father William died when Thomas was five when he, and his mother Prudence, moved to Brinkworth, Wiltshire. Apprenticed to his uncle, a pastry cook in Maiden Lane, Covent Garden, which was next door to Miller, the engraver's print shop which may have been his inspiration for art. By 1765 he had become apprenticed to the engraver William Woollett (1735-1785), who came to consider him the finest landscape engraver of his day and with whom Thomas remained for six years. In 1771 Hearne, together with George Beaumont [q.v.], was staying with Beaumont's tutor at Eton, Revd Charles Davy (1722-1797) at Benacre, Suffolk and later that year travelled to the Leeward Islands with the governor-general Sir Ralph Payne and stayed for some three and a half years. For Beaumont it proved the inspiration for his future profession as a landscape painter and he would later accompany Hearne on location to the north of England and Scotland in 1777 and 1778. In 1777, in conjunction with engraver William Byrne (17431805), Hearne began work recording and illustrating the country's historic monuments for 'The Antiquities of Great Britain' 1777-1781, and many of the plates for 'Britannia Depicta' 1806-1818. Hearne was a landscape painter, engraver and illustrator, his watercolours were typified by applying a wash of subtle subdued colours over a clear outline in fine brush, pen or pencil. Hearne died in Macclesfield Street, Soho, London on 13 April 1817, and buried at Bushey, Hertfordshire






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