Thomas Creswick RA


The Mountain Road, MacGillacuddy Reeks. Watercolour 28x45cm by Thomas Creswick
(British 1811-1869)
Thomas Creswick RA (5 February 1811 – 28 December 1869) was an English landscape painter and illustrator, and one of the best-known members of the Birmingham School of landscape painters. At Birmingham he first began to paint. His earliest appearance as an exhibitor was in 1827, at the Society of British Artists in London; in the ensuing year he sent to the Royal Academy the two pictures named Llyn Gwynant, Morning, and Carnarvon Castle. About the same time he settled in London; and in 1836 he took a house in Bayswater.  He soon attracted some attention as a landscape painter, and had a career of uniform and encouraging, though not signal success. In 1842 he was elected an associate, and in 1850 a full member of the Royal Academy, which, for several years before his death, numbered hardly any other full members representing this branch of art. A number of line engravings by Samuel Bradshaw (fl. 1832-1880) after Thomas Creswick including a view of the Gap of Dunloe (Gaeilge: Bearna an Choimín), a narrow mountain pass between Macgillycuddy’s Reek (Gaeilge: Na Cruacha Dubha) and Purple Mountain (Gaeilge: An Sliabh Corcra), in Killarney National Park, Co. Kerry, facing  feature in “Ireland : its scenery, character” by Mr. & Mrs. S. C. Hall, Vol. I