Thomas Landseer ARA., 1795-1880 London
Son of John Landseer A.R.A., and brother of Edwin Landseer R.A. and Charles Landseer R.A
British artist who was best known for his engravings and etchings.
Landseer was born in London, the eldest of the fourteen children of engraver John Landseer. Seven of the children survived to adulthood and all became artists; his younger brothers were painters and later Royal Academicians Charles Landseer and Edwin Landseer. Like his father, Thomas was deaf. He was the only sibling to marry, his wife’s name was Belinda. His son George Landseer became a portrait and landscape painter.
Like his siblings, Landseer was taught artistic techniques by his father. He then studied under painter Benjamin Robert Haydon alongside his brother Charles and William Bewick. He began etching aged 14, copying his precocious brother’s drawings. Thomas continued to make etched copies of Edwin’s works in later life, including Dignity and Impudence (1841), Alexander and Diogenes (1852), The Monarch of the Glen (1852) and, his last work, The Font (1875). His soft-ground etchings complimented his brother’s animal paintings, and sales of the popular prints (retailing for between 3 and 10 guineas) contributed to his brother’s fame and fortune. He assisted his brother with giving art lessons to Queen Victoria and Prince Albert.