Thomas H. Shepherd

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St Paul's Cathedral
View of East India House
Middle Temple Hall 1830.
Historic view of The Royal Palace in Crown Square at Edinburgh Castle

Thomas Hosmer Shepherd (16 January 1793, France – 1864)[1] was a British topographical watercolour artist well known for his architectural paintings.

Life and work[edit]

Thomas was the brother of topographical artist George "Sidney" Shepherd,[2] Thomas was employed to illustrate architecture in London, and later Edinburgh, Bath and Bristol. His paintings were the basis for steel engravings in many books (see bibliography).

Shepherd's work, mostly topographical, is characterized by an attention to detail, along with lifelike scenes that contained people, carriages and horses. His first acclaim came with Metropolitan improvements, a publication of modern London architecture commissioned by the publisher Jones & Co. He worked mostly for Frederick Crace, who employed him to paint old London buildings prior to their demolition, with much of the work surviving in the Crace collection at the British Museum.

Shepherd lived in Batchelor Street, Islington, North London. His residency is marked by a commemorative plaque.[3]


  1. ^ Biography (Heatons of Tisbury).
  2. ^ Note: George Shepherd and "George Sidney Shepherd" are now thought to be one and the same person, which makes T. H. Shepherd the brother, and not the son, of G. Shepherd. See George "Sidney" Shepherd (1784 – 1862) Archived 2008-07-05 at the Wayback Machine (Bedfordshire Artists).
  3. ^ "SHEPHERD, Thomas Hosmer (1793-1864)". Blue Plaques. English Heritage. Retrieved 7 March 2022.

 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain"Shepherd, George". Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1900.

Selected bibliography[edit]

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