Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900/Blackmore, Thomas

BLACKMORE, THOMAS (1740?–1780?), mezzotint engraver, was born in London about 1740, and from the dates upon his prints, which range from 1769 to 1771, he appears to have practised his art or a very limited period of time. There are by him several well-drawn and brilliantly executed plates, which include portraits after Sir Joshua Reynolds of Samuel Foote, the actor, Mrs. Cholmondeley, Mrs. Anne James, as a Madonna, and, as a youth, Henry William Bunbury, the caricaturist, who afterwards married Miss Catharine Horneck, the ‘Little Comedy' of Goldsmith. Among his other plates are ‘Sigismonda,’ after Cosway; a 'Dutch Lady,' after Frans Hals; a ‘Man in a Cloak,' after Van Dyck; and ‘Innocence;’ as well as subjects after Molenaer and other painters. He died about 1780.

[Redgrave's Dictionary of Artists of the English School, 1878; Smith's British Mezzotinto Portraits, 1878-83, i. 61-3,]

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