Thomas Webster (1800-1886)

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Webster, In sickness and Health

In Sickness and Health, 1843, Oil on Canvas

Webster, The Village Choir

The Village Choir, 1847, Oil on Canvas

Webster,  The School Dame

The School Dame, 1857, Etching on Paper 80 x 80 mm

Thomas Webster was a British painter, who is best known for his English genre scenes. Webster was born in Pimlico, London, where he spent much of his life. Webster’s father, who worked for George III, prompted his son to follow a musical path. Webster participated as a chorister at St. George Chapel in Windsor and at St. James’ Palace in London.

Webster, Preparatory drawing for

Preparatory drawing for “Village Choir”
1847
Royal Academy of Arts, London

Webster, A Schoolboy in a Fools Cap

A Schoolboy in a Fools Cap
1841, Watercolor on Paper
Royal Academy of Arts, London

In 1821 Webster decided to shift his practice to painting and entered the Royal Academy. Webster was an excellent art student and won a first prize for one of his portraits in 1824. After completing school, Webster continued to have success with his paintings. He exhibited at the Suffolk Street Gallery, as well as at the Academy and with the British Institution.

Webster, The Early Lesson

The Early Lesson
1846, Oil on Canvas
Royal Academy of Arts, London

Webster, Two Young Girls

Two Young Girls
1800s, Watercolor and chalk on paper
The Courtauld Institute of Art

Later in Webster’s career he was named Associate, and eventually Royal Academician at the Royal Academy. He was involved with the Academy until his retirement in 1876. After leaving the Academy Webster moved to the artists’ colony in Cranbrook, where he spent the last decades of his life. At Cranbrook several promising artists worked under Webster, including George Bernard O’Neill and Frederick Daniel Hardy.

Webster,  Late at School

Late at School
1834, Oil on Mahogany
Tate Collection

Webster,  A Letter from the Colonies

A Letter from the Colonies
1852, Oil on Wood
Tate Collection

Webster, A Dame's School

A Dame’s School
1845, Oil on Mahogany
Tate Collection

Webster’s genre paintings remained popular throughout his lifetime. Collectors continue to value Webster’s work, as he is one of the foremost English genre painters from his time period. Do you think you own a painting by Thomas Webster? Contact us. We are the Webster experts.