MAGUIRE, Thomas Herbert

1821 - 1895

Thomas Herbert Maguire was born at St James's, London in 1821, second son of the three sons and two daughters of Dublin born Henry Calton Maguire (1790-16 November 1854), a lithographer and his wife Eliza (1798-1842), from a family of artists and lithographers. He studied in the Royal Academy Schools and in 1846 won a silver medal for the 'best drawing from life. He began to exhibit portraits and figure subjects and was a brilliant pupil of master lithographer and line-engraver, Richard James Lane (1800-1872), one of the favourite collaborators of the Swiss portrait painter, Alfred Edward Chalon (1780-1869) in the pages of the 'Illustrated London News'. Thomas was an English artist and engraver, noted for his portraits of prominent figures and was privately commissioned by George Ransome, in connection with the foundation of the Ipswich Museum in 1847, a series of sixty scientific portraits which were executed as the Museum obtained fresh scientific sponsors between 1847 and 1852. Some were made by the artist from life, others from photographic portraits or, in the case of the Revd William Kirby, from an oil portrait by Ferdinand Henry Bischoff. The exact number in this series is slightly over sixty because some, for example Edwin Lankester, were re-drawn. Copies of the lithographs were given to subscribing members of the Ipswich Museum and a bound portfolio copy of the series was presented by Professor John Stevens Henslow (1796-1860) to Prince Albert when he inspected the Museum when, in 1851 the Ipswich Congress of the British Association for the Advancement of Science was held. George Ransome resigned his position as founding Secretary of the Museum in 1852 when the cumulative series was then discontinued. Maguire married at Holborn, London in 1847, Agnes Inglis (1821-25 July 1881) and in 1851, a 29-year-old lithographer and painter, living at Great Russell Street, Bloomsbury, London, the home of his 58-year-old father Henry, a widower. Also living there were Thomas's wife, 24-year-old Agnes and their two children Herbert Henry 3 and Sidney Calton 1, together with Thomas's siblings, Henry Calton 18, a lithographer and Alfred 15. In 1881, a 59-year-old artist historical painter, living at 6 Blomfield Crescent, Paddington with his 54-year-old wife and three of his children, Sidney Calton 32, Helena Jane 21 and Agnes Bertha 19, all three historical artist painters. In July 1853 he was appointed lithographer ordinary to Her Majesty the Queen, and for a time had a studio in Osborne House on the Isle of Wight, where he executed many lithographic portraits of members of the Royal Family. He exhibited at the Suffolk Fine Arts Association exhibition at Ipswich in August 1850, oil paintings 'Buy a Bunch of Lavender', 'The Midshipman's returned from his First Cruise' and 'The Friendly Covert' and with others was also exhibited at the Royal Academy 1846-1887 and he also showed at the British Institution 1848-1867 and made a few contributions to the Royal Hibernian Academy. Thomas Herbert Maguire died at 6 Blomfield Crescent, Westbourne Terrace, London on 30 April 1895, aged 73. His daughter Helena Jane Maguire was also an artist who exhibited at the Royal Academy (1085) from her father's address in 1887.

Royal Academy Exhibits
from 98 Great Russell Street, Bedford Square, London
1846 225 Portrait of an Artist
1848 492 Portrait of a Lady
1849 216 Portrait of a Lady
1850 163 Don't Move
         190 The Midshipman returned from his First Cruise
         1038 Portrait of H.C.M. - coloured crayon
1851 91 Dressing for the Ball
         772 'Who's There?'
         1018 Portrait of a Lady - miniature
1852 510 'She never told her love'
         532 Devotion
1853 1236 Portrait of Dr. Edward Smith, F.R.C.S.
1854 443 The Entanglement
from 29 Wimpole Street, Cavendish Square
1855 987 Her Majesty the Queen after a picture.... - lithograph
         988 H.R.H. Prince Albert and H.S.H. the Prince of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha - lithograph
         989 Prince Arthur - lithograph
         997 Le Bourgeors Gentilhomme, after W.P. Frith - lithograph
1856 226 The Friendly Covert
         872 H.R.H. Prince Albert - lithograph
         1012 The late Right Hon. Sir T Frankland Lewis, Bart., M.P., &c. - lithograph
         1022 H.S.H. the Prince Regent of Baden - lithograph
         1028 The Very Rev. Dr. Lewellin, Dean of St. David's - lithograph
1857 1161 Lady Frances Scott - lithograph
1858 913 Vanity Fair - lithograph
         917 Matilda relating Mortham's History - lithograph
1859 111 The late C.H. Maguire, Esq.
1860 541 The Outrage upon Sir John Coventry
1861 589 Dr. Jenner's Volunteer
from 6 Bloomfield Crescent, Westbourne Terrace, London
1864 107 The Sunday Lesson - watercolour
1869 675 Phryne - watercolour
1871 662 Hush! - watercolour
1876 1200 Mrs. Robert Ingram - lithograph
1883 1305 Portrait of a Young Lady - vitreous enamel
         1311 Sir Frederick Leighton - vitreous enamel
         1312 Portrait of a Lady - vitreous enamel
         1314 Portrait of a Lady - vitreous enamel
1884 1497 Mrs. Aston - vitreous enamel
1885 1560 Mrs. Alfred Temple - watercolour
1886 1379 L.J. Baker - miniature
1887 1343 A W Wilkinson, Esq. - miniature

Works by This Artist