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GEORGE , THOMAS ( fl. 1829-1840 ), miniature painter ,

is said to have been b. at Fishguard , although the date of his birth is uncertain as the Fishguard parish registers are incomplete for that period. H. M. Vaughan suggested that he was the Thomas , son of Thomas George , mason , and Ann , his wife, who was christened at Fishguard 28 May 1810 , but Basil Long suggests that he was b. in 1790 . The latter date may be considered more likely as George exhibited a portrait at the Royal Academy as early as 1829 , and his work was exhibited there on five occasions between 1829 and 1838 . He is said to have been living at Haverfordwest in 1824 ; it seems certain that he worked for some time in Pembrokeshire as he painted portraits of several members of the Harries of Tre-gwynt family. He was working in London in 1826 , according to the evidence supplied by a miniature on ivory of Richard Bird at the Victoria and Albert Museum . This carefully painted miniature is signed ‘Painted by T. George. London Oct. 1826.’

The late Sir Thomas Barry Jones possessed a miniature by George which was probably a self-portrait and which the artist gave shortly before his death to his brother Henry who lived at Fishguard . The National Museum of Wales has one miniature by him and three water-colour portraits by him and the British Museum has two lithographed portraits after George . Thomas George left England for Madeira for reasons of health and d. there in 1840 .

Sources:

  • Basil Long , British Miniaturists , 1929 ;
  • Western Mail , 22 Dec. 1927 .

Author:

Miss Megan Ellis, (1906-2001), Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959