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BRIGSTOCKE , THOMAS ( 1809 - 1881 ), portrait painter .

Born 17 April 1809 at 61 King Street , Carmarthen , son of David and Mary Brigstocke . At 16 he entered Sass 's drawing school at 6 Charlotte Street , Bloomsbury , and subsequently studied under H. P. Briggs and J. P. Knight before spending eight years studying and painting at Paris , Florence , Rome , and Naples . In 1847 he spent some months in Egypt where he painted portraits of Mehemet Ali and his family.

He m. a widow, a Mrs. Cridland , who predeceased him, as did his only child, who d. in infancy. He d. 11 March 1881 at 3 Welbeck Street , Cavendish Square , London , and was buried at Kensal Green .

Brigstocke was known mainly for his portraits of members of well-known South Wales families and of notable military figures, although he also painted historical pictures . He exhibited sixteen pictures at the Royal Academy between 1843 and 1865 , and in 1845 he was commanded to appear before queen Victoria to exhibit his portrait of General Nott .

Portraits by Brigstocke are to be found today in private hands in England and Wales and in public ownership such as the National Portrait Gallery , the Oriental Club in Hanover Square , Carmarthen Town Hall , and Llanelly Town Hall , and engravings of his works are to be found in the N.L.W. , the N.M.W. , the British Museum , and other national collections.


  • Thieme and Becker, Allgemeines Lexicon der Bildenden Künstler , v, 16;
  • Michael Bryan , Bryan's dictionary of painters and engravers , i, 195;
  • Oxford Dictionary of National Biography ;
  • T. M. Rees , Welsh painters, engravers and sculptors, 1527–1911 (1912) .


Megan Ellis, (1906-2001), Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959