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 Thomas Charles Farrer  (1838 - 1891)

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Lived/Active: New York / United Kingdom      Known for: landscape, figure, botanic-floral

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BIOGRAPHY for Thomas Farrer
1838 (London, England)
1891 (London, England)

New York / United Kingdom

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landscape, figure, botanic-floral

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A landscape and genre painter, Thomas Farrer was born in London, England and studied there with John Ruskin. From 1860 to 1884, he exhibited at the National Academy of Design and from 1862 to 1868, exhibited at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. In 1872, he returned to England, where he lived until his death in 1891.

The following, from Andrew Melville-Smith, South Australia, a descendant of the artist. He has compiled the data from a variety of sources.

"Farrer, (THOMAS CHARLES), an English painter, born in London, December 16,
1838. His father would not permit him to learn to read till he was seventeen
years old. He learned drawing in a free school established by Mr. Ruskin, and in 1858 came to New York, where he became a very successful teacher of art. He served for a time as a soldier in the Federal army in the war of 1861-65, returning in 1869 to England. His influence upon American art was great and wholesome."

From Universal Pronouncing Dictionary of Biography and Mythology 5th

Thomas Charles Farrer, after whom my boy Tom was named, was a charming man, a favorite wherever he went. He was a fine and sensitive artist, a
delightful talker with a keen sense of humor, and a dear companion to us
children. He was very good looking, and always seemed more like a brother
than a Father. He took me with him several times when he went to Burnham
Beeches to paint. We stayed at a little cottage on the common, and I used to
wander about the woods by myself most of the day, making up stories, etc.
Nan and I were both engaged during the last year of his life, but he died
before any of us were married. I often thought, during the fourteen years
that Phil and I lived in Spain, how he would have loved to have stayed with
us and painted in that land of glorious colour and romance.

By Mary Van Ingen Farrer Unwin, His daughter, 1933

Farrer, Thomas Charles (c. 1840-1891). Landscape and genre painter and
etcher; born in London; died, probably in England in 1891. He apparently
began his career in NYC c. 1860 and lived there until his return to England
in 1872. He exhibited at the Pennsylvania Academy in 1862 and 1868.

From Dictionary of Artists in America 1957

1867-8 Address: 1267 Broadway, N.Y. Exhibited in the First Annual Exhibition
of the American Society of Painters in Watercolour. Paintings exhibited:
1869 May 17: Critical comment on etching by R.A. Turner
1871, 1872, 1873 exhibited at the Exhibition of the American Society of
1874-1891 Member (Non resident) of the American Water Colour Society)
"Landscape painter. Exhibited 25 times at GG, nine times at the Royal Academy, including views of Rochester, Cromer and Medmenham Abbey, and nine times at SS. Lived at Notting Hill, London.
Bibl: AJ 1871 p127; Zeitschr f. bild-Kunst 1871; Beibl. p134; Clement and
Hutton. Champlin-Perkins, Cyclopedia of Painting II 1888."
Note from Stephen Farrer
Subject: Thomas [Charles] Farrer
Comments: He was registered at birth as Thomas FARRER presumably
christened as Thomas Charles FARRER
Date of birth 16 Sep 1838
Date of death 16 Jun 1891
The fighting "Temeraire"(Held by Harvard University Art Museum, Fogg Art
Museum, 32 Quincy Street, Cambridge, Massachesetts.
1861: Sketching from Nature(Held by National Art Museum, Washington.DC)
1863: Mount Hope Bay, A Buckwheat Field on Thomas Cole's Farm, Rhode
Island. (Held by Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave, Boston,
Massachsetts.) IMAGE
1864: Twilight ((Held by Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave, Boston,
1865: Mount Tom (Held by Mr. & Mrs. Ross Wilbur Jnr, One West 72nd Street,
New York, New York.), View of Nothampton from the Dome of the Hospital (Held
by Smith College, McConnell Hall, Northampton, Massachusetts)
1867: Twilight on the Hudson
1870: Evening on the Thames(Held by Sotheby Parke Bernet Inc, New York, New
1871: Beach at Hastings and English farm.
1872: Caernarvon Castle, Interior of St. Marks - Venice, Rochester Castle
1874: Early Spring
1875: Sunset and Bruges (Held by Colin Melville-Smith, Adelaide, SA).
1877: The Brook
1878: Yorkshire Trout Stream, Coming Through the Lock
1879: Autumn Mist
1880: Evening Mist
1881: Full moon, October Evening
1882: Land of Windmills, Evening in Holland
1883: IL Traghetto - Venice, Venetian Fishing Boats Waiting for Wind,
1884: Towers Amid The Moonlight, Music and Moonlight- Venice
1885: Morning on the Northern Coast, Soon as The Evening Shades Prevail
the Moon Takes up the Wonderrous Tale
1886: Barlow Tower, Yorkshire
1888: Evening on the Wye
1891 Died of pneumonia and left 600 pounds in his will

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