DUNTHORNE, James (c1758-1794)

c.1758 - 1794

James Dunthorne, was born Colchester, Essex about 1758, son of James Dunthorne [q.v.] and his wife Elizabeth née Hubbard (died 1812), who married at Colchester on 3 October 1752. He married at All Saints' Colchester on 7 December 1779, Elizabeth Shillitoe, and they had three children, Edward (born 1782), Charlotte (born 1784) and Louisa (born 1789). Dunthorne had musical and artistic ability, but was unable to convert this into a remunerative career. He was unable to establish himself in London, although a number of his designs were engraved by Thomas Rowlandson and some were shown at the Royal Academy in most years between 1783 and 1792, with two miniatures in 1784 and 1786 and was known as 'The Colchester Hogarth'. He made his living by keeping a print-shop in Colchester High Street. His forte at this period were pictures of fashionable Colchester social events, including 'The Card Party'. His wife Elizabeth was the sister of Charles Shillito, author of 'A Country Book Club' (1788), for which Dunthorne designed the frontispiece. Dunthorne health was ailing in the 1790s, and his Drawings, Prints, Music &c. were sold at auction on 16 August 1794, so the family's financial difficulties seem to have been acute. He succumbed to a 'long affliction' soon after and was buried at St Nicholas Colchester on 11 October 1794. His widow carried on in business as a perfumer in the High Street and she died on 10 March 1807. Not a Suffolk Painter but this father and son are often confused, and with another father and son, John Dunthorne (1770-1844 q.v.) and his namesake son (1798-1832) [q.v.].

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