Art by PW Tompkins

#PeltroWilliamTompkins (1759-1840) was an English engraver.  The son of a landscape painter with a brother who also specialised as a draughtsman and aquatint engraver of course he followed into the family tradition.  Tompkins studied under the great #FrancescoBartolozzi working in the dot and stipple genre.  He was renowned for his skill and was hired as drawing-master to the daughters of George III.  He was appointed historical engraver to the queen.

Children Feeding Chickens engraving by P W Tompkins after Sir Joshua Reynolds @ 1780

Children Feeding Chickens engraving by P W Tompkins after Sir Joshua Reynolds @ 1780

Tompkins established himself as a print publisher but several overly ambitious projects left him with financial difficulties.  His engravings vary from portraits, to prints of other artists works.  He copied artists like Charles Ansell, Angelica Kauffmann, Raphael, and Sir Joshua Reynolds.  The hand-coloured engraving to the left is after Sir Joshua Reynolds.  The British Museum has a slightly different version of this print which they accredit to being after John Russell?

Children feeding Chickens by PW Tompkins after Sir Joshua Reynolds 1780

Children feeding Chickens by PW Tompkins after Sir Joshua Reynolds 1780

I include the title and credits for your perusal.  They are quite clear as to who the artists were as well as the title of the piece.  An absolutely beautiful engraving by a man who had masterly skills as an engraver.

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One Response to Art by PW Tompkins

  1. kintsuga says:

    This was mistakenly attributed to Reynolds but is definitely by John Russell. The original was in Clandon Park outside of Guildford (where John Russell was from). You can find links to it in the National Trust Collections. The original was a large oil painting (1460mm x 1500mm) but was possibly (not sure) destroyed in the fire 29 April 2015

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