1809 - 1868

Thomas Mogford was born at Exeter on 1 May 1809, son of William Mogford, a veterinary surgeon at Northlew, Devonshire, and his wife Elizabeth. He showed an early talent for drawing, as well as mechanics and chemistry, but eventually decided on painting in preference to engineering. He studied at Exeter under John Gendall (c.17901865) and was articled for some years to him and to a Mr. Cole. At the end of his appenticeship he married at Exeter on 1 May 1833, Cole's eldest daughter Ann, and settled in Northernhay Place, Exeter. He sent three pictures to the Royal Academy in 1838, and three in 1839, including a full-length portrait of Sir Thomas Lethbridge, bart., with his horse and dog. About 1843 he moved to London, and subsequently exhibited at the Royal Academy portraits of E. H. Baily, R.A., which is now in their possession, Samuel Cousins, the engraver, Professor J. O. Adams, the astronomer, Colonel Napier, the historian, and others. He also painted and exhibited 'The Sacrifice of Noah' and 'The Loves of the Angels' at the Royal Academy in 1846. He founded a school of painting in Guernsey. Mogford exhibited at the Suffolk Fine Art Association [q.v.] at Ipswich in 1850 'Noah's Sacrifice'. He later moved to Guernsey, and practised almost entirely as a landscape painter, occasionally revisiting England and Exeter to paint portraits. Though for some years crippled by palsy through the effects of lead poisoning, he continued to paint up to the day of his death, which took place at Guernsey in 1868.

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