MAGUIRE, Thomas Herbert

1821 - 1895

Born in St James, London in 1821, son of Henry Calton Maguire (1790-1854), a lithographer and from a family of artists and lithographers. He studied in the schools of the Royal Academy, and in 1846 began to exhibit portraits and figure subjects and 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 in the pages of the 'Illustrated London News'. An English artist and engraver, noted for his portraits of prominent figures was privately commissioned by George Ransome, F.L.S., of Ipswich [q.v.], in connection with the foundation of the Ipswich Museum in 1847, a series of 60 scientific portraits which were executed cumulatively between 1847 and 1852, as the Museum obtained fresh scientific sponsors. Some were made by the artist from life, and others from photographic portraits or, in the case of the Revd William Kirby, from an oil portrait by Bischoff [q.v.]. The exact number in this series is slightly over 60 because some (e.g. 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 to Prince Albert when he inspected the Museum on the occasion of the 1851 Ipswich Congress of the British Association for the Advancement of Science. George Ransome resigned his position as founding Secretary of the Museum in 1852 and the cumulative series was then discontinued. Thomas married at Holborn, London in 1847, Agnes Inglis (1827-1881) 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 with him were Thomas's wife, 24 year old Agnes and their two children Herbert H. 3 and Sidney 1, Henry's sons, Henry C. 18, a lithographer, and Alfred 15, daughter Helena C. Pope, wife of an artist. In 1881 a 59 year old artist historical painter living at 6 Bloomfield Crescent, Paddington with his 54 year old wife and three of his children, Sidney C. 32, Helena J. 21 and Agnes B. 19, all three historical artist painters. In 1854 he was appointed lithographer to the Queen, and for a time had a studio in Osborne House, 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 Return' and 'The Friendly Covert' and was also an exhibitor in the Royal Academy from 1846 until 1887 and at the British Institution from 1848 until 1867 and made a few contributions to the Royal Hibernian Academy. He died at Paddington, London in April 1895, aged 73.

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