Thomas Landseer (Biographical details)

Thomas Landseer (printmaker; painter/draughtsman; British; Male; 1795 - 1880)

Also known as

Landseer, Thomas


33 Foley Street London (in 1818)


Draughtsman and printmaker, chiefly of animal and satirical subjects. Eldest son of the engraver John George Landseer. Studied with his brothers Charles (q.v.) and Edwin (q.v.) under Benjamin Robert Haydon, alongside Thomas Bewick (q.v.). Published his first aquatint after Haydon in 1816. In 1819, with others of Haydon's pupils, he exhibited drawings made from the Elgin marbles and Raphael's cartoons in the Royal Collection in the Great Room at St. James.
Through his career he produced over 125 etchings and engravings after paintings by his brother Edwin, as well as sporting and satirical prints, however his chief subject matter was animals. He produced several publications of animal prints after Rembrandt, Rubens, Stubbs etc. The quality of his work declined after the death of his brother Edwin, who often retouched his plates.
Exhibited at the R.A., B.I., and Liverpool Academy from 1853-77. Elected an Associate Engraver member of the R.A. in 1867


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