ROWBOTHAM, THOMAS LEESON

(b. 1783, d. 1875)

Landscape Painter

From A Dictionary of Irish Artists 1913

Was born in 1783. He followed his profession in Dublin for a time; exhibited landscapes in 1815, 1816 and 1819, and received a premium of seventeen pounds from the Royal Irish Institution in 1816. Soon after 1823 two views of Dublin were engraved in aquatint from his drawings by D. Havell, and published in 1817: 1st, "A View of Part of the Bay and City of Dublin, taken from Marino"; and 2nd, "A View of the New Pier and Light House at Howth, near Dublin, taken from Ireland's Eye." Both are oblong plates, 13 ½ by 37 ¼ inches; the engraved surface 9 7/8 by 34 ¼.

He was father of the landscape painter, THOMAS CHARLES LEESON ROWBOTHAM, who was born in Dublin on 21st May, 1823, but left Ireland as a child and followed his profession in England. He succeeded his father as drawing-master at the Royal Naval School. A popular painter of attractive water-colour views, many of his works were reproduced in chromo-lithography, amongst them a series of "Views in Wicklow and Killarney." He was a member of the new Water-colour Society, and exhibited no less than 464 works. After his death about three hundred of his drawings and sketches were sold by his executors at Christie's in 1876. He died in London on 30th June, 1875.

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