|Artist||Robert Kent Thomas|
|Dimensions||Image 213 x 165 mm, Plate 240 x 187 mm, Sheet 343 x 248 mm|
From: Oxford: brief historical and descriptive notes by Andrew Lang (first published 1880).
Robert Kent Thomas (1816-1884), was a British painter, etcher and lithographer. Although he is best-known for his highly detailed architectural and topographical prints, Thomas also produced caricatures, maritime prints and natural history studies. Born and educated in London, Thomas worked early on in his career as a lithographic draughtsman for the publishers Day and Haghe. Thomas rose to become Head of the Artistic Department, and married William Day's daughter Mary. In 1851 Ackermann & Co. published Souvenir of the Great Exhibtion, a set of six prints which included Thomas' The British Department viewed towards the transept. From 1870 onwards, many of his etchings appeared in periodicals including The Portfolio. He was an original member of the Society of Painter Etchers, a member of the Langham Sketching Club, and occasionally exhibited at the Royal Academy.