- Also known as
Peltro William Tomkins
primary name: Tomkins, Peltro William
other name: Tomkins, Peter William
- individual; printmaker; publisher/printer; British; Male
- Life dates
- 75 Queen Ann Street, East Marylebone, London (in 1786)
18 New Bond Street, London (later in 1789)
49 New Bond Street, London (in 1790, May 1793-1805)
53 New Bond Street, London (1811-1823)
?54 New Bond Street (1816)
41, Holland Street 1831
25, Osnaburgh Street, St Pancras 1832-1840.
- Engraver, largely in stipple, and publisher; son of the painter William Tomkins (c.1732-92); pupil of Francesco Bartolozzi; gave drawing lessons to the royal children and appointed historical engraver to the Queen in 1793. From that year, in business with his younger brother J. F. Tomkins (q.v.) at 49 New Bond Street; the print shop closed in 1823 after the failure of two major ventures: 'The British Gallery of Pictures' (1818-20), and 'Engravings of the... Marquis of Stafford's Collection of Pictures' (1818). An advertisement for the sale of his stock by lottery in 1819 is kept in the P&D library (Banks,81.22, described below). Offprints and Leaflets series (Tomkins).
Trade card (wrapper) in Banks Collection (Banks,89.44) advertises "Tomkins's Refined Colourless Ox-Gall Hitherto A Desideratum for Painting in Water-Colours Rewarded by the Society for the Encouragement of Arts, &c.&c. Invented & Prepared by P.W. Tomkins, Historical Engraver to Her Majesty, No.53, New Bond Street... Rewarded by the Society Instituted in London for the Encouragement of Arts. May 25, 1813."
Banks,81.22 advertises "Tomkins's Picture Lottery Of The British Gallery of Pictures, &c. &c. &c. The Picture Lottery consists of 16,550 Prizes Valued at £152,225..s12 To be determined by a separate Drawing the 24th July. Tickets L3.3.0. each are on Sale at P.W. Tomkins' Historical Engraver to Her Late Majesty... The Purchaser of Red Ticket and a Black Ticket Is sure To Gain A Prize."
David Alexander, 'Bartolozzi's studio in London 1763-1802', PQ 2018, p.14