Thew, Robert (1758-1802)

Thew, Robert (1758-1802)

Yorkshire-born artist, Robert Thew was a quick-witted gentleman that built a highly successful career as an engraver despite his lack of formal training. From an early age, his ingenuity was apparent when he built a camera obscura from scratch. His endless curiosity led to his rapid ascent through the echelons and ultimately his appointment as the historical engraver to the Prince of Wales.

1758

Born in Patrington, Yorkshire. His father was an innkeeper.

Initially trained as a cooper. 

1783

Moved to Hull and began engraving shop bills and tradesmen’s cards.

1786

Published two views of the new dock at Hull.

Introduced to John Boydell by the Marquis of Carmarthen and began work on 22 plates depicting various moments from Shakespearean plays.

1790

Produced an engraving after Sir Joshua Reynolds.

Appointed the historical engraver to the Prince of Wales.

1800

'Cymbeline, Act III, Scene VI After John Hoppner RA'

Robert Thew

1802

Died in Stevenage, Hertfordshire.

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