Thomas Burgess (painter floruit 1786)

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Thomas Burgess was an 18th-century British painter.


Burgess received his art education at the St. Martin's Lane Academy, and on becoming in 1766 a member of the Incorporated Society of Artists, sent to its exhibitions numerous portraits, conversation-pieces, and studies of various life.[1]

In 1778, when living in Kemp’s Row, Chelsea, he was represented for the first time at the Royal Academy by three pictures: William the Conqueror Dismounted by his Eldest Son, Hannibal Swearing Enmity to the Romans, and Our Saviour‘s Appearance to Mary Magdalen He later exhibited a self-portrait and some landscapes. His last contribution to the Academy, in 1786, was The Death of Athelwold[1]

Burgess gained a high reputation as a teacher, and for some time kept a drawing school in Maiden Lane, Covent Garden, which had considerable success.[1]



 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainGoodwin, Gordon (1886). "Burgess, Thomas (fl.1786)". In Stephen, Leslie. Dictionary of National Biography. 7. London: Smith, Elder & Co.