Thomas Birch (1779-1851)


Thomas Birch (1779-1851)
British-American portrait, landscape and marine painter ;
T. Birch ; Thomas Birch ; Tom Birch ;
[Born July 26, 1779 in Warwickshire, England also listed as London, England – January 3, 1851 in Philadelphia, PA]

 

FAD record control number: 36798 ;

Record level: Person ;

Record type: Artist ;

 

Thomas Birch (1779-1851) biography:

Birth: July 26, 1779 in Warwickshire, England also listed as London, England ;
Death: January 3, 1851 in Philadelphia, PA, died poor ;
Sex: Male ;
Ethnicity: White ;
Zodiac:
 Leo ;

Known for: Marine painting ; landscape painting ; marine portraiture painting ; portrait painting ; etchings and drawings of Philadelphia ; Etchings and drawings of Washington, DC ; portrait miniatures ;
Medium: oil ; watercolor ; pen & ink ;
Technique: painting ; drawing ; printmaking ;
Subjects: ships ; people ; landscapes ; Washington, DC ; The Washington Capitol building ;

Areas: Warwickshire, England (1779-1794) ; Philadelphia, PA (1794-1851) ; DE (1807) ; New York, NY ; Bordentown, NJ ; Washington, DC ;
Region: Europe ; North East ;
Lived: 25 North Fourth Street, Philadelphia, PA (1825) ; 14 Filbert Street, Philadelphia, PA (1835) ; 100 Union Street, Philadelphia, PA (1845) ; 77 Lombard Street, Philadelphia, PA (1850) ;
Father: William Russell Birch (1755-1834), enameler, portrait miniaturist and etcher ;
Mother: Gertrude B (Secosky) Birch (1910-1997) ;
Relatives: Penelope Birch Barnes (1800-1886), sister, also a still-life painter ;
Spouse: [unknown] (?-?), wife ; Sarah (King?) Birch (ca.1779-?), second wife ;
Children: [unknown] (1808- ), daughter ; Thomas Birch, Jr. (1812-?), son, auctioneer ;

Training: William Russell Birch (1755-1834), his father ;
Instructors: William Russell Birch (1755-1834), his father ;
Work: City of Philadelphia, in the State of Pennsylvania, North America : as it appeared in the year 1800 (issued in two parts 1799 and 1800) also commonly called Birch’s view of Philadelphia (1799, 1800), co-authored book of 20-plates with his father ; Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA, manager ; Painted war naval engagements, 1812 ; Prints included : View of the United States Naval Hospital at Norfolk, Va. (Childs & Inman, ca. 1832), Capture of H.M. Ships Cyane & Levant (P.S. Duval, ca. 1850), Spring & Summer 1846, fashion plate (Thomas Sinclair, ca.1835), Look Upon this Picture and on This. Intemperance and Temperance 1826 (Childs & Inman, ca. 1832) ; worked with Century & Co., New York, NY ;

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Students:

Member: Brooklyn Art Association, Brooklyn, NY ; National Academy of Design, New York, NY, honorary member (also listed as associate?) ;
Exhibited with: Brooklyn Art Association, Brooklyn, NY (1872) ; National Academy of Design, New York, NY (1842-1858) ; Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA (1811-1862) ; Salmagundi Club, New York, NY (1884) ; Society of Artists of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania, PA ; Apollo Association, New York, NY (1838-1839) ; American Art-Union, New York, NY (1838-1850) ; American Academy, New York, NY (1833-1835) ; Maryland Historical Society, Baltimore, MD (1848-1858) ;
Awards:

Milestones: Came to America with his father, 1794 ; 20-plate collection of engravings of views of Philadelphia with his father ; Painted portraits until 1807 then started marine painting ; considered the first to do ship portraits in America ; 1801 engraved images of Washington, DC capitol building ; Important naval battle, 1812 ; Exhibited with the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA for 40 years (1811-1862) ; died poor even though respected by peers ;

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Digital-born document number:
FAD.2018.36798

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Record birth date:
June 27, 2018

Last updated: May 26, 2019 at 0:33 am

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