THOMAS, William Cave

1820 - 1906

Born in London on 8 May and baptised at St Mary, Marylebone on 7 June 1820, son of William Claxton Thomas (born 1792), a frame maker and gilder, and his wife Ann née Cave, who married at Westminster, London on 17 December 1818. A genre painter, etcher and author who studied at the Royal Academy Schools in 1838 and spent two years at the Munich Academy from 1840. He exhibited from 1843 when he won a Premium in the Westminster Hall competition. Painting in both oil and watercolour he exhibited at the Suffolk Fine Art Association [q.v.] at Ipswich in 1850, three works 'Alfred Giving a Portion of his last Loaf to a Pilgrim', 'Thirlmere, Cumberland' and a watercolour 'Near Colwith Force, Westmoreland'. In 1871, an 'historical painter' living at 203 Camden Road, St Pancras, London with his 73 year old widowed mother Ann, his sibling sister 37 year old Maria Thane Thomas, and they retained two servants but by 1901 was boarding at 115 Bedford Hill, Streatham, Wandsworth. William died in the Wandsworth district in 1906, aged 86, he was unmarried. He published 'Pre-Raphaelitism Tested by the Principles of Christianity' (1860).





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