Thomas Phillips was born in Dudley, Warwickshire, of modest means. He took up an apprenticeship with a stained glass painter, before moving to London in 1790 to study at the Royal Academy and work in the studio of Sir Benjamin West. Phillips exhibited work at the Academy between 1794 and 1844. In 1808, he was elected a Royal Academician and, in 1825, succeeded Henry Fuseli as Professor of Painting at the Academy. Phillips was a prolific artist, as demonstrated by the 859 portraits listed in his sitters’ notebook. However, today only about 300 portraits by the artist are known to survive.
Sir Woodbine Parish (1796-1882) Chargé d’Affaires, Buenos Aires 1825-32
Oil on canvas
height: 76.00 cm, width: 63.00 cm
Bears caption which reads: SIR WOODBINE PARISH KCH / 1796 1882 / CHARGE D'AFFAIRES AT BUENOS AIRES / 1825-1832 / Copy by EDMUND DYER after the original painting / by THOMAS PHILLIPS RA in the possession of / M.R DAVID WOODBINE PARISH
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