Thomas Whitcombe (painter), c.1752-1824

The Battle of Camperdown 1798 Thomas Whitcombe active 1783-1824 Bequeathed by Mrs Fisher 1898

Thomas Whitcombe was a talented British maritime painter of the French Revolution and Napoleonic Wars.

Not much is known about his early life, and even his date of birth varies between 1752 and 1763; however, he was very talented!

Thomas spent time travelling to specific ports and harbours in the UK to study and paint them. He also travelled extensively with the British Navy during the French Revolution and Napoleonic war years, capturing battle scenes everywhere from the Cape of Good Hope to Madeira, Cuba and Cape Horn.

Specialising in ships and battle scenes, his work was exhibited at the Royal Academy, the British Institution and the Royal Society of British Artists. Many of the his original works are held (and occasionally on display) at the National Maritime museum in Greenwich, others are bought and sold at auction houses or specialised art dealers around the world.

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