COLLIER, Thomas

1840 - 1891

Born at Glossop, Derbyshire on 12 November 1840, son of Thomas Collier, a prosperous grocer and tea dealer, and his wife Martha née Siddall. Thomas, jun. studied at the Manchester School of Art and, inspired by David Cox's example, lived at Betws-y-Coed in North Wales between 1864 and 1869 when he moved to London. He first exhibited in London in 1863 and in 1870 elected an Associate of the New Water Colour Society and a full member two years later, and is regarded as one of the finest watercolour painters of the English landscape. In 1879 he arranged for the construction of a large house and studio in Hampstead where he spent his days painting and entertaining artist friends but still travelled the country on sketching tours, especially Wales and East Anglia. Collier was industrious, retiring and often in poor health, yet financially independent, and towards the end of his life able to work without pandering to popular taste and to travel at will into the Suffolk countryside working on the coast between Sizewell and Southwold. He died young and comparatively unnoticed by the artist establishment, at Hampstead on 14 May 1891 although in 1878 he was made a Chevalier of the Legion of Honour in recognition of a painting 'A View of Arundel Castle from the North' sent to the Paris International Exhibition.




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