THOMSON, James

1788 - 1850

James Thomson or Thompson was baptised in 1788. James was apprenticed for seven years to Mackenzie, a London engraver, he then spent two years working for Anthony Cardon (1772-1813) before setting up in business on his own. He became an accomplished engraver, developing a unique style by etching design lines on his plates before either line or stipple engraving them. Thomson produced figure and portrait engravings and contributed to many popular illustrated works such as Lodge's 'Portraits of Illustrious Personages of Great Britain' (1821-1834), Horace Walpole's 'Anecdotes of Painting' (1826-1828) and Heath's 'Book of Beauty' (1833-1849). Described as a 'xylographist artist' when he exhibited at the Suffolk Fine Arts Association [q.v.] at Ipswich in 1850 a 'Design for a Warrior's Tomb' in watercolour. He died at St Pancras, London in the last quarter of 1850.


Note - not sure that this is the correct Thomson/Thompson