Thors, Joseph (1835-1920)

Thors, Joseph (1835-1920)

Dutch artist Joseph Thors is predominantly known for his rugged naturalistic landscapes, which are rooted in the rich artistic heritage of his homeland. Seemingly an autodidact, his style emerged from studying the 17th-century old masters.

Born in Amsterdam, he moved to the United Kingdom early in life and spent many decades in London, where he raised a family. During his lengthy career, he produced a vast array of works and over 1,100 are recorded in auction databases. They are often characterised by cottages, rivers, robust topography, and mothers with children. His works are held in numerous public collections.


Royal Academy of Arts, British Institution, Society of British Artists in London among others.

Public Collections

National Trust, Shugborough Hall, The Mercer Art Gallery, The Wilson, Cheltenham, Southampton City Art Gallery, Wolverhampton Art Gallery, Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum among others.



Born in Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Samuel Thors Levie, a diamond setter, and Jeannette Thors Levie (nee Keijker).


Death of father, Samuel.


Living in Finsbury, London.


Married Hendrina Mendelsohn.

C. 1863

Birth of son, Samuel, who moved to the USA in the 1880s and settled in Manhattan, New York.


Living in St Pancras, London.


Living in Islington, London.


Died in Islington, London.

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