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Thomas Hartley Cromek ANWS (1809-1873)

Thomas Hartley Cromek, ANWS (1809-1873)

Thomas Hartley Cromek is best known for his grand and colourful images of the architecture and landscape of Italy and Greece; these were founded on long experiences of the Mediterranean during the 1830s and 40s.

Thomas Hartley Cromek was born at 64 Newman Street, London, in late July 1809, the only son of the engraver and illustrator, Robert Hartley Cromek. Following the death of his father in 1812, his mother took him to Wakefield to live with his grandfather, and he attended, in turn, the local school run by Enoch Harrison, the Moravian school at Fulneck, Leeds, and Wakefield Grammar School. He began his studies in art with the Wakefield portrait painter, James Hunter, and then worked in Leeds under the landscape painter, Joseph Rhodes. In 1827, he received a commission from the Leeds surgeon, Thomas Teale, to make some detailed anatomical drawings.

In June 1830, Cromek set out for Florence and Rome with his mother for the sake of her health. On arriving in Rome, he met many other British artists and the brothers, Edward and Henry Cheney, who would number among his leading patrons.

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Castles & Palaces (1)
Churches & Cathedrals (1)
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Florence (1)
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