- Also known as
primary name: Patch, Thomas
- individual; painter/draughtsman; printmaker; British; Italian; Male
- Life dates
- Painter of caricatures and Italian landscapes, etcher and engraver, collector, expert and dealer.
b. Exeter, in Rome 1747-56; afterwards settled in Florence where his caricatures became popular from the 1760s onwards. As engraver he was pioneer in the illustration of the frescoes of early Italian painters (Masaccio, Giotto and Fra Bartolommeo).
Patch's series of Twenty-Eight (Watson 58) and Twenty-Five Caricatures (Watson 57) are generally found bound up at the end of the 'Life of Masaccio', published in Florence in 1770, with an introduction from 'Thomas Patch Painter to the Lovers of the Art of Painting', twenty-four engraved heads from the frescoes in the Brancacci Chapel, Florence and two engravings of groups of figures after the same painter (Watson 59).
- F.J.B. Watson, 'Thomas Patch (1725-1782): notes on his life, together with a catalogue of his known works', Walpole Society, XXVIII, 1939-40, pp.15-50.
F. J. B. Watson, 'Thomas Patch: some new lighto on his work', Apollo, LXXXV, May 1967, pp.348-353.
J. Ingamells, A Dictionary of British and Irish Travellers in Italy, 1701-1800, compiled from the Brinsley Ford Archive, 1997