1809 - 1868

Thomas Mogford was born at Exeter, Devon on 1 May 1809, son of William Mogford, a veterinary surgeon at Northlew, Devonshire, and his wife Elizabeth née Thorne, who married at Williton, Somerset on 4 July 1804. Thomas showed an early talent for drawing, as well as mechanics and chemistry, but eventually decided on painting in preference to engineering. He studied at Exeter under John Gendall (c.17901865) and for some years was articled to him and to a Mr. Cole. At the end of his apprenticeship, he married at St Leonard Exeter on 1 May 1833, Cole's eldest daughter Ann, and settled in Northernhay Place, Exeter. He sent three pictures to the Royal Academy in 1838, and three in 1839. About 1843 he moved to London, and subsequently exhibited portraits at the Royal Academy of Edward Hodges Baily, R.A., which is now in their possession, Samuel Cousins, the engraver, Professor J. O. Adams, the astronomer, Colonel Napier, the historian, and others. He also painted and exhibited 'The Sacrifice of Noah' and 'The Loves of the Angels' at the Royal Academy in 1846. Mogford exhibited at the Suffolk Fine Arts Association at Ipswich in 1850 'Noah's Sacrifice'. By 1861 he had moved to Guernsey where he founded a school of painting and practised entirely as a landscape painter, occasionally revisiting England and Exeter to paint portraits. For some years he was crippled by palsy through the effects of lead poisoning but continued to paint up to the day of his death. Thomas Mogford died at his home at The Elms, St Martin, Guernsey on 13 September 1868. His death is announced in the 'Illustrated London News' of 3 October 1868 '13th ultimo'.

Royal Academy Exhibits
from 270 High Street, Exeter
1838 38 Reflection
         360 The Slaughter-house
         397 Caught in the Fact
1839 79 Portraits of Miss Anna Escott and Fan
         197 Rustic Boy
         436 Portrait of Sir Thomas Lethbridge, Bart....with his favourite horse
1840, 1842, 1843, 1844, 1845, 1846, 1847, 1848, 1849, 1850, 1851, 1852
from 55 Devonshire Street, Portland Place, London
1853 526 Portrait of Hepworth Dixon, Esq.
1854 49 Martha, the third daughter of E. H. Bailey, Esq., R. A.

Works by This Artist