Thomas Christopher Hofland

Born 1777
Died 1843
Place of Birth Worksop, Nottinghamshire
Place of Death Leamington Spa, Warwickshire
Gender Male
Biographical Notes English painter who specialized in landscapes. At first an amateur, he studied for three months under John Rathbone with a view to making his living as an artist, when the family business failed. He taught painting in Kew for a time. An early commission was from George III to produce a set of botanical drawings. He was instrumental in the creation of the Society of British Artists in 1823, acting as trustee and vice-president. He travelled in the British Isles, notably in the Lake District. From early in his life he was an enthusiastic angler, and in addition to his landscapes, he is known as the author of The British Angler's Manual (1839), for which he produced the originals of most of the illustrations, both landscapes and more technical views of species of fish and angling material. In 1840, he was commissioned to travel to Italy to prepare a series of views, but owing to illness, on his return was only able to complete five of the paintings which were to have been based on his observations in Italy.

Sources:
Thomas R. Hofland, ‘Memoir’, The British Angler's Manual (1848).
Richard Redgrave, Samuel Redgrave, A Century of British Painters (Cornell Univ. Press, 1981).

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