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 Thomas Armstrong  (1818 - 1860)

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Lived/Active: California      Known for: illustrator, portrait, wood engraver

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Born in Northumberland, England in February 1818.  Armstrong served an apprenticeship to a London engraver at an early age and provided engravings for the first issues of the Illustrated London News.  After a brief period in Paris, the chaos in the aftermath of the French Revolution prompted him to sail to Australia and then on to California in 1849.  He was active in Sacramento where he collaborated with Charles Christian Nahl on wood engravings for the local newspaper.  He later settled in San Francisco and continued with Nahl on illustrations for national magazines and started a short-lived newspaper called Illustrated News which he wrote and illustrated with his own drawings.  He was active in San Francisco until his death of lung congestion on Dec. 21, 1860.   In:  Society of California Pioneers (SF Harbor, 1849); Huntington Library (San Marino, CA).
Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
G&W; C.C. Nahl, Artist of the Gold Rush; COS; Overland Monthly, July 1868; PF; Hutchings' California Magazine, April 1861 (obit).
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An engraver, sketch artist, and illustrator, Thomas Armstrong was born in England and studied engraving in London and Paris, He provided engravings for the "Illustrated London News".

He spent a brief time in Paris, but left there because of the chaos from the French Revolution. He arrived in Northern California, via Australia, in 1849, and was active in Sacremento and San Francisco, doing wood engravings and illustrating magazines, some with Christian Nahl.

At age 45, he died of lung congestion.

Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
Peter Falk, "Who Was Who in American Art"

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