BADGE, THOMAS

(fl. 1812-1841)

Engraver

From A Dictionary of Irish Artists 1913

Was born in Dublin about 1782. He became a pupil in the Dublin Society's School in 1797, and was awarded medals for drawing in the two following years. He contributed three drawings to the exhibition of the Artists' Society in Dublin in 1812, and a "Specimen of Penmanship"in 1819. For many years he worked in Dublin, chiefly as a seal engraver, and was particularly noted for his engravings of penmanship and lettering, which served as models from which young engravers were accustomed to copy. The notes of the Tuam Bank were engraved by him. He lived at No. 2 Trinity Place, from 1812 to 1824; from 1825 to 1830 at 50 Clarendon Street, and afterwards at 65 and 28 Exchequer Street. He was living in Sandymount Avenue in 1841, and probably died soon after. He engraved a view of the "Pantheon Phusi-technikon" in Stephen's Green. The plate still exists. His son John Badge, born in 1810, continued his father's business, and was favourably mentioned by the Royal Irish Art Union in 1844 as a gem-engraver.

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