John Thompson (engraver)
John Thompson (25 May 1785 – 20 February 1866) was a British
Thompson also engraved the design for the 1839
Life and work
Thompson was born in Manchester to a London merchant, Richard Thompson.
He trained under the wood-engraver Allen Robert Branston, and then collaborated with the artist John Thurston. He engraved around 900 of Thurston's designs from 1814 onwards including illustrations for Butler's Hudibras in 1918. He is described as Branston's "most celebrated pupil".
He illustrated many books, becoming in the words of Freeman Marius O'Donoghue in the
As well as wood-engravings for books, Thompson engraved the design for the
Thompson won the grand medal of honour for wood-engraving at the 1855 Paris exhibition.
His younger brother,
John Thompson's eldest son, Charles Thurston Thompson (1816–1868), followed his father into the wood-engraving profession. After assisting in organising the Great Exhibition of 1851 in London, he moved into photography and became the South Kensington Museum's official photographer.
His other son, Richard Anthony Thompson was an assistant director at the South Kensington Museum (until 1892).
Thompson's three daughters,
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