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Dr Thomas Bishop Sr (1748-1840)


Dr. Thomas Bishop Sr. (1748-1840)
English-American miniature portrait painter & enameler ;
T. Bishop ; Thomas Bishop ; Thos. Bishop ; Thomas Bishop ; Thomas Bishop, Sr. ; Dr. Thos. Bishop ; Dr. T. Bishop ;
[Born August, 1748 in London, England – died July 13, 1840 in Philadelphia, PA]


FAD record control number: 37313 ;

Record level: Person ;

Record type: Artist ;


Dr. Thomas Bishop Sr. (1748-1840) biography:

Birth: August, 1748 in London, England ;
Death: July 13, 1840 in Philadelphia, PA ;
Sex: Male ;
Ethnicity: White ; 
Leo or virgo ;

Known for: portrait miniature painting ; enamel portrait miniature painting ;
Medium: oil ; enamel ;
Technique: painting ; enameling ;
Subjects: people ; mythology ;

Areas: London, England (1748-ca.1789, 1798-ca.1799) ; France (ca.1789-ca.1798), leaves due to war ; Portugal (ca.1799-1810), leaves due to war and loses his son (1806 (also listed as ca.1804) also named Thomas Bishop ; Baltimore, MD (1810-1811) ; Philadelphia, PA (1811-1840) ;
Region: Europe (1748-1810) ; North East (1811-1840) ;
Lived: 133 South 11th Street, Philadelphia, PA (1816) ; North East Corner of Dean and Locust, Philadelphia, PA (1825-ca.1839) ; 213 Cherry Street, Philadelphia, PA (ca.1839-1840) ;
Spouse: [unknown], first wife, leaves him when he returns to England to deal with business, running off with his best friend and all of his possessions ; Tamsen Bishop (1769-1846), second wife, married 1799 ;
Children: Edwin Bishop (1800-1864), son, opened first auction house in Philadelphia  ; Joaquim Bishop (1803-1886), son, miniature / enameler painter and jeweler ; Angelica (Bishop) Barrett (1807-1891), daughter, a still-life painter ; Louisa Frances Bishop (1810-1894), daughter ; Cecilia E (Bishop) Newell (1818-1893), daughter ;

Training: France (ca.1789-ca.1798), studied to be medical doctor and learned enameling ;
Work: Royal Fabrics, Portugal, director of paper making factory ;


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Milestones: His son was separated and lost to him during the Napoleonic wars of in Portugal (1810) ; Discovers his son’s whereabouts for approximately 25 years later while living in America who moves to join him in Philadelphia, PA (ca.1833) ; According to critics he was a kind man but “mediocre enameler and miniature painter” ;



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Original compiled and researched document by the Fine Art Database, 266 West 21st Street, New York, NY.

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The author of this artwork died more than 70 years ago. According to U.S. Copyright Law, copyright expires 70 years after the author’s death. In other countries, legislation may differ.

Record birth date:
August 6, 2018


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