- Thomas Gosden
- Also known as
primary name: Gosden, Thomas
- individual; publisher/printer; painter/draughtsman; British; Male
- Life dates
- Trade cards and adverts indicate he worked from work from Piccadilly, 18 Bedford Street, Covent Garden ('Sportsman's Repository'), and 107 St Martin's Lane, Charing Cross at various times.
- Printseller, publisher of prints and books, bookseller, bookbinder and sportsman; compiled several albums of his watercolours of monuments and tombs. Also artist and book collector. Thomas Gosden bookbinder, of Bedford Street was declared bankrupt in Jackson's Oxford Journal (Oxford, England), Saturday, June 17, 1826.. Lloyd's Weekly London Newspaper (London, England), Sunday, November 12, 1843; Issue 51 states he died suddenly in 1843. His date of birth has not been confirmed. Trade card in Heal Collection (Heal,100.32+) advertises "The Sportsman's Repository. Thos. Gosden, Book Binder, Publisher & Printseller. 18 Bedford Street, Covent Garden, London. Illustrations to Walton & Cotton's Complete Angler. Medals of Walton and Cotton in Bronze and Silver. Various Engravings Relative to the Sports of the Field. The Sportsman's Buttons Struck in Silver for Shooting Jackets and Hunting Frocks." Heal's annotations on mount: " 'Thomas Gosden the celebrated bookbinder' see back." On the back of the mount is a cutting from a sales catalogue advertising "A Collection of Sixty-One Original Coloured Drawings By Thomas Gosden, being sketches of tombstones of famous and celebrated men and women..." It includes a quote from Mr. A.E. Newton from his book "This Book Collecting Game" stating: "On his business card Gosden described himself as a bookbinder, publisher, and print-seller, but he was more than this: he was an excellent sportsman with rod and gun, and an ardent antiquarian. He spent a great deal of his time poking about in churches and graveyards, making drawings of tombs and tablets..."
- William Loring Andres, An English XIX Century sportsman, bibliopole and binder of angling books. (New York: Dodd, Mead & Co., 1906.)
A.N.L. Munby: 'Notes on Thomas Gosden', The Book Collector, Vol. XXIV, No. 1, Spring 1975